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.

RK followed by ALK

The 2 images below are of the same eye. This eye underwent Radial Keratotomy about 30 years ago followed by a form of LASIK surgery known as ALK (Automated Lamellar Keratoplasty). In the photo below a special dye (fluorescein) was instilled onto the ocular surface to highlight the defects and breaks on the cornea. The horizontal and oblique green lines are the open RK incisions. Look carefully and you can see a light green circular line going around the pupil. This is the outline of the ALK flap. ALK surgery is no longer being done in the U.S. The 2nd image was taken with a technology known as "Optical Coherence Tomography" or OCT. This image shows a scleral lens over this cornea. The thick curved grey structure is the cornea. Look carefully in the center of the cornea and you can see the outline of the ALK flap. This cornea is extremely dry and irregular. With a scleral lens this patient is able to see clearly and comfortably. In addition, the scleral lens protects the damaged cornea from the blinking action of the eyelids and the environment.

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