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 with Ectasia, then Hydrops

I am posting 2 photos of the same eye with post-LASIK corneal ectasia to give you an idea of what can happen years after LASIK surgery is done. This patient had reasonably good vision for a number of years after his LASIK surgery. LASIK is a procedure where the cornea is thinned out. The pressures from within the eye against this weakened corneal "wall" caused this cornea to buckle. This usually takes place within a time frame of days to several weeks. Several years after the ectasia took place, this cornea developed a condition known as "hydrops". Note the cloudy area just below the pupil. This is caused by the most posterior corneal membrane rupturing allowing fluid (aqueous) from within the eye to enter the center of the cornea. This eye was fit with a scleral lens for vision improvement. Due to severe depression, this patient did not want to get involved with a corneal transplant.

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