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 Ectasia now 20/20 for 7 Years with GVR Scleral Lens

This is a photo of me standing next to our post-LASIK patient Jorge on my left. On the extreme left is our student extern Amanda Golchin and on the right our student extern Jenna Adelsberger. About 13 years ago, Jorge underwent LASIK surgery in both eyes. 3 years later both of Jorge's corneas became extremely distorted which was diagnosed as post-LASIK corneal ectasia. It was suggested to Jorge that the best way to correct the distorted corneas was to have Intacs surgery. Intact are plastic rings that are inserted into the center of the cornea and are intended to remove or eliminate the corneal distortion. Jorge elected to have this done in his left eye only. Over the ensuing years Jorge was fit with a variety of eyeglasses and contact lenses none of which provided Jorge with functional vision. Jorge first visited our office about 7 years ago. It was at this visit that we fit Jorge with GVR Scleral lenses. With the scleral lenses Jorge was able to achieve clear (20/20) comfortable vision for the first time in many years. It was also at this visit that I noticed crystal formation around the inferior Intacs plastic ring. Because this eye was quiet and Jorge has no issues with comfort with this eye we decided to just watch and monitor Jorge's eyes and vision. The first ocular photo shows Jorge's left eye with the Intacs taken 7 years ago. Look carefully and you can see the crystal formation in this photo. About 3 years ago, the inferior portion of Jorge's left cornea became inflamed with blood vessel growth over and around the lower Intacs ring. The 2nd ocular photo shows the inflammation in this eye. It was at this time that surgery was done to remove the lower Intacs ring in this eye. For the past 3 years, Jorge has continued to wear his scleral lenses with excellent vision (20/20 in each eye) and all day comfortable lens wear.

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