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.

ALK on Hyperopic Cornea

The 3 images below are of the same eye. This eye underwent a refractive surgical procedure known as Automated Lamellar Keratoplasty or ALK. This procedure was abandoned about 15 years ago and as far as I know is not being done any longer. This eye was about +4.00 of hyperopia before the surgery. In order the improve this patient's distance vision this surgery created a cornea that looked like a keratoconic cornea or a cornea with post-LASIK ectasia. It was thought that by doing this the light rays would focus directly onto the retina without the need for spectacles. This did not happen. This surgery is done in a similar manner to LASIK except that the treatment zone is small and in the central area of the cornea. In the first photo, note the grey rings around the periphery of the pupil. This is the edge of treatment zone. The 2nd photo was taken after a special dye was instilled onto the ocular surface. In this photo you can see the small elevated treatment zone. The last image was taken with a technology known as "optical coherence tomography" or "OCT". This is a cross sectional image of this patient's cornea. Note the cuts created by the laser. After this patient underwent this needless, harmful surgery, the best corrected visual acuity in this eye was less than 20/200. He is now wearing a scleral lens on this eye which is providing him with 20/30 corrected vision without distortions.

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