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.

Blunt Trauma to Right Eye with Hemorrhage and Partial Transplant, Vitrectomy, and Cataract Surgery. Now 20/60 with GVR Scleral Lens

One year ago this patient suffered a blunt trauma to his right eye. This resulted in a severely damaged cornea and a hemorrhage within the eye. Shortly thereafter, his right eye underwent a partial corneal transplant known as a DSEK. In addition, a vitrectomy was done which involves the surgical removal of the vitreous gel within the eye (done to clear away the blood). This was followed by cataract surgery several months later. Due to the ocular trauma and the multiple eye surgeries that were done, this eye was left with no iris and therefore no pupil. In addition, the transplanted cornea while healthy and clear was extremely distorted. Several weeks ago, in an effort to restore vision to this severely damaged eye, we fit this eye with a GVR Scleral lens. Before placing the scleral lens on this eye, it became necessary to provide this eye with a new pupil. This was done by first placing an opaque black soft lens with an 8 mm pupil on the damaged eye. Over this blackened soft lens we placed our specially designed scleral lens. Without this soft/scleral lens combination, this patient's best corrected visual acuity is less than 20/200 with significant distortions. With this specialty lens combination this patient is able to see 20/60 without any distortions. The purpose of fitting this eye with a scleral lens was to correct the distorted vision created by the distorted transplanted cornea. The photo below is of me along with this very special patient. Below left is a photo of his right eye without any corrective lens. Note that there is no iris and no pupil. The lower right photo is of the blackened soft lens with the clear pupil. Over this lens can be seen the gas permeable scleral lens. This patient is able to wear the lens combination comfortably with all day wear.

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