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.

I have Keratoconus, should I have a Transplant?

Thousands of keratoconus patients each year are advised by their eye doctors to get corneal transplant surgery (keratoplasty). The great majority of this patient population, in reality would do quite well with properly fitted scleral lenses. Keratoplasty is not a “walk in the park.” There are real risks associated with this procedure. The following are the facts associated with keratoplasty:

1. Over 50% of those patients receiving corneal transplant surgery with need scleral lenses in order to achieve visual acuity greater than 20/50. Contrary to what one might think, these lenses are comfortable and very easy to wear.

2. It will take about 1 year for vision to stabilize.

3. There may be a limited lifespan to the transplanted cornea. Repeated corneal transplant surgery due to rejection and/or infection is the 2nd commonest indication for keratoplasty.

4. There is a risk of life-long rejection (this decreases after the first year).

5. There is a susceptibility to traumatic wound rupture.

6. During the first year after the corneal transplant surgery, anti-rejection eye drops will need to be used. The used of these eye drops may increase the risk of glaucoma and cataracts.

For the above reasons, I always recommend that patients with keratoconus and other corneal conditions consider every non-surgical alternative before getting involved with corneal transplant surgery.

The photo below shows a transplanted cornea with sutures. Do you want to do this to your eye?

These photos are of two eyes that underwent corneal transplant surgery that resulted in corneal rejection followed by infection inside the eye( endophthalmitis ) Sadly the result was permanent blindness. While these events are rare they do occur.

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