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 over Transplant, now dry and irregular

This is a photo of an eye that underwent corneal transplant surgery (due to keratoconus) over 20 years ago. 10 years later LASIK surgery was performed on the transplanted cornea. In this photo, a special dye was used to highlight the defects on the ocular surface. Look carefully and you can see 2 concentric circles one within the other on the cornea. The smaller circle is the transplanted cornea. The irregularities in the periphery of the corneal transplant are due to the suturing that was done during the transplant surgery. The outer concentric ring is the edge of the LASIK flap. The geographic areas seen in this photo are due to the dry "hills and valleys" along the corneal surface. In all my years of practice I have never seen LASIK performed on a corneal transplant and I do not believe that it is the "standard of care". For over 20 years this patient did not have functional vision with this eye. This eye was recently fit with a scleral lens which for the first time in years is allowing this patient to see clearly and comfortably once again.

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