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.

Two eyes - RK and Lasik

The 2 photos below are of eyes that underwent refractive surgeries. The eye in the first photo underwent Radial Keratotomy (RK) eye surgery over 30 years ago followed by LASIK about 15 years later. Several years after the LASIK this patient lost vision suddenly. Post-LASIK ectasia was the cause of the vision loss. Shortly after the ectasia was diagnosed, this eye developed a condition known as "hydrops". This is a condition where the most posterior corneal membrane ruptures allowing fluid from within the eye to enter the cornea creating a scarred appearance. In this photo, the white oval scar that you see is the result of the "hydrops". Also note the numerous blood vessels that have spread throughout the cornea. A healthy cornea is devoid of all blood vessels. This eye was fit with a scleral lens (seen in this photo) which has provided a significant amount of vision improvement. The 2nd photo seen below is of an eye that underwent Radial Keratotomy (RK) many years ago. About 20 years after undergoing this surgery, this patient's cornea became infected and inflamed and needed to be replaced with a new cornea. The end result was a total of 4 corneal transplant surgeries that were done on this eye. This is a photo of the 4th transplanted cornea which is failing and will need to be replaced. There is no functional vision in this eye.

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