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.

Lasik over RK Equals Disaster

The images below are of the left eye of the same patient. This eye underwent 2 separate RK surgeries over 30 years ago followed by 4 separate LASIK surgeries. As you might expect the results of these surgeries was nothing less than disastrous. The first photo (taken 4 years ago) shows the RK cuts with blood vessels growing along the inside track of the cuts. The white "hatchet-like image is epithelial ingrowth. 4 years ago I referred this patient to a world renown eye institution where corneal transplant surgery was recommended. This patient declined to accept this advice. The 2nd image was taken today. 12 months ago the corneal specialists at this institution diagnosed the crystalline appearance in this cornea as "Crystalline Keratopathy" (extremely rare complication) and was placed on fortified antibiotics for the last 12 months. The 2nd photo looks exactly like a photo that I took of this eye last year. The 3rd image was taken with a technology known as "optical coherence tomography". This images shows a cross section of this cornea with a scleral lens over it. In this image you can see the crystalline deposits deep inside the cornea. Over the last year this patient visited 8 corneal specialists from around the U.S. Many of them blamed the scleral lens as the cause of her corneal condition. In addition, a variety of therapies and treatments were recommended to her. With the scleral lens the visual acuity in this eye is clear (20/30). In addition, the cornea is clear with the exception of the crystalline deposits and the patient has no comfort issues while wearing her scleral lens. Since this eye has been stable for the last 12 months I recommended that no action should be taken and that this patient return periodically for evaluations including ocular photography and imaging.

SMAP 3D Scleral Lens Design

Last year we introduced an exciting piece of technology that has allowed us to custom design a scleral lens much more accurately. It is the SMAP 3D, which is a computer attached to a dedicated camera that allows us to obtain a 3 dimensional image of the entire front surface of the eye, including the cornea and the surrounding white portion of the eye (the sclera). Up until now there has not been any technology that would allow us to measure the ocular curvatures outside the cornea. The SMAP allows us to do this. Read More

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