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.

3D models of Lasik and Lasik over RK corneas

The images below are computer enhanced 3-D models of 2 different corneas that underwent refractive eye surgery. The first image is of an eye that was extremely nearsighted (-17.00 diopters) before undergoing LASIK surgery. Instead of having a smooth rounded curvature to it, this cornea is as flat as a table top. The 2nd 3-D image is of a cornea that underwent both RK (radial keratotomy) surgery followed by LASIK surgery many years later. The center of this cornea is extremely depressed as depicted by the blue area in the center of this image. Both of these corneas are so distorted that eyeglasses and conventional contact lenses are not able to provide these patients with functional vision with these eyes. Both of these eyes were fit with scleral lenses which replace these corneas as an optical surface. In other words, scleral lenses behave like new corneas. I am posting these images to drive home the fact that refractive eye surgeries present many risks to patients including life long vision loss. Once corneal damage takes place there is no surgery that can undo the damage and restore quality vision once again. My comments also apply to any new refractive surgeries that recently received FDA approval.

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