Zembla Documentary on Lasik, Pain, and Suicidality

This Lasik documentary was created by investigative journalists in Holland. The language is mostly Dutch, with English subtitles. The documentary focuses on corneal neuropathic path after Lasik and the suicidality it creates. Dutch physician Dr. Michael Brouwer and other Lasik sufferers in Holland are interviewed, as is Dr. Edward Boshnick in the United States (see EyeFreedom.com). The investigators ask: Is the experience of pain after Lasik really uncommon? What are the consequences when it occurs? Also interviewed are Dr. David Barsook and Dr. Morris Waxler. Dr. Barsook is Director of the Pain and Imaging Neuroscience (P.A.I.N.) Group at Boston Children’s Hospital, MGH ,and McLean Hospital at Harvard University. Dr. Barsook maintains that corneal pain after Lasik follows an established model of neuropathic pain. Dr. Morris Waxler is the FDA's former chief research scientist on Lasik. Dr. Waxler maintains at his website HelpStopLasik.com that "The FDA does not want to admit that millions of people have now had a surgery that never should have been approved by its own rules. The FDA is now engaged in covering-up a scandal and an epidemic, and its own corrupt practices. This should be exposed, and LASIK should end." He revisits these conclusions in the video.

Lasik Flap detaching

I am posting the OCT image below of a scleral lens over an eye that underwent LASIK surgery about 15 years prior to the time that this image was taken. It shows a LASIK flap becoming "undone" or separating from the underlying corneal tissue. Note the differences in the shading of the cornea. The varying degrees and intensities of the hyper-flouresence indicates the degrees of scarring, cellular changes etc. It is not uncommon to see finite discolorations or alterations in these corneas. We have these all documented. I do not know the exact pathogenesis of how and why these small alterations occur. My job is to create a lens that will allow a post-LASIK patient regain vision once again. There are more things that we do not know with this patient population then we do know. Why did this LASIK flap separate from the surrounding cornea? No one can answer this. Notice that the surface epithelial tissue is separating from the underlying cornea. Why? This eye suffered a 360 degree retinal detachment several years after the LASIK. Again, why? Again, no one can answer this. This is a blind, painful eye. We fit this eye with a scleral lens not for vision purposes but to eliminate the ocular pain this patient was suffering from for a number of years. In summary, fine alterations in the appearance of the cornea seen with OCT technology are a fact of life. How the patient sees and processes their world is another matter and differs from patient to patient.

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