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.

PRK, then Ectasia

This is the right and left eye of a patient that underwent photo refractive keratotomy (PRK) surgery about 8 years ago. Several years later the patient's vision began to deteriorate. When he visited another corneal surgeon, a diagnosis of Corneal Ectasia was made. In an effort to improve his vision, this patient underwent Intacs surgery in both eyes. Intacs are plastic rings that are inserted into the cornea in an effort to make the cornea more spherical. These 2 surgeries resulted in 2 severely distorted corneas. We recently fit this patients eyes with scleral lenses. In these photos, a special dye was used to highlight the defects in the cornea. The "horseshoe" shaped structures are the plastic rings that were surgically inserted into the corneas. Note the green spots concentrated over these plastic rings. These represent dry areas along the corneal surface. I feel that this patient's scleral lenses will create a corneal surface that will have a healthier and more moist appearance.

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