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.

Advanced Keratoconus and Vitrectomy now 20/20 with EyePrint Pro Scleral Lens

This is a photo of me with my patient Steve. Steve has an advanced case of keratoconus in both eyes and has been a patient of mine for 15 years. For 15 years, Steve has successfully been wearing scleral lenses in both eyes. Last year Steve had a retinal detachment in his right eye which required retinal surgery and a surgical procedure known as a "vitrectomy". A "vitrectomy" involves the surgical removal of most of the contents within the eye (the vitreous) and replacing it with saline solution. Shortly after the "vitrectomy" procedure, Steve had cataract surgery in the same eye. A few months after the cataract surgery, the intra-ocular lens that was placed in the right eye became dislodged and dropped into the interior of the eye. This required an additional retinal surgery known as a scleral buckle, another "vitrectomy" and another intra-ocular lens insertion procedure. After several months of healing, the time was right to refit the right eye with a scleral lens. However, the multiple surgical procedures performed on Steve's right eye created a severely distorted ocular surface. Besides Steve's cornea being distorted and irregular, the entire white portion of Steve's right eye had numerous "blebs" "bumps" and "depressions". There was no way for any conventional scleral lens to fit on this eye. The front surface of Steve's right eye was one of the most challenging and complicated eyes I have ever worked with. For this reason (4 months ago) we fit Steve's right eye with an EyePrintPro prosthetic scleral lens. To create this lens, we had to make an impression of the front surface of the eye (painless and takes just a few minutes). The impression material was sent to a special laboratory where high tech computerized topographical 3D scanners were used to create a lens with a back surface that matched exactly the front ocular surface of Steve's right eye. Every "hill" and "valley" on the ocular surface of Steve's right eye was imbedded into the back surface of the EyePrintPro Scleral lens. Today, Steve was in for his final follow-up examination. Steve was able to see clearly (20/20) in his right eye today and has been able to wear his EyePrintPro lens all of his waking hours. Without this lens, Steve's vision is less than 20/1000. To witness the vision in Steve's right eye return from virtual blindness to clear comfortable 20/20 vision was one of the greatest joys in my professional career.

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EyePrintPro technology creates a scleral lens based on a mold of the cornea. The molding is accurate to 1 or 2 microns and fits perfectly because it exactly mirrors the irregularities of the individual corneal surface. The technology is well suited for post-Lasik, Keratoconus, RK, eye injury, and corneal transplant patients. Read More in this PDF about EyePrintPro Scleral Lens Technology

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