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.

Five eyes with RK or RK then Lasik

The 4 photos below are of 5 different eyes that underwent either RK eye surgery or both RK and then LASIK surgery. The uncorrected vision in these eyes is extremely poor. In the first 3 photos you can see blood vessels that have grown onto the corneal surface, where blood vessels do not belong. The last 2 photos were taken using a special dye to better highlight the corneal defects. In these 2 photos note the green tinted ring going around the corneal periphery. This is the LASIK flap. The green lines going from the outer cornea inward are the open RK cuts. Still open 30+ years later. All of these eyes were fit with scleral lenses. Many corneal specialists will suggest additional surgeries to address the many complications associated with LASIK and other refractive surgeries. My feeling is to avoid all invasive procedures. Scleral lenses, when properly fit, can change the life for the better of a patient with severe loss of vision and ocular comfort.

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