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.

Three Lasiks over RK

The 3 photos below were taken of the same eye over a 4 year period. This eye underwent several separate RK surgeries followed by 3 separate LASIK surgeries years later. In the first photo note the blood vessels growing along the RK incisions. The white "hatchet" like structure is epithelial ingrowth (epithelial cells under the LASIK flap). The 2nd photo was taken about 2 years later. The epithelial ingrowth is no longer in the same location and appears to have dispersed under the LASIK flap. Instead there appears to be fine "glitter" like particles in the center of the cornea under the LASIK flap. The last photo was taken of the same eye 18 months after the 2nd photo was taken. Now these fine particulate "glitter" like structures have morphed into something that looks like a heavily scratched piece of ground glass. This patient was referred to a major eye institute where a diagnosis of "Crystalline Keratopathy" was made. This year this patient will be receiving a corneal transplant on this eye. "Crystalline Keratopathy" is a rare complication of LASIK surgery. It is very slow to develop and progress.

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