Deadly Vision: W5
Catalogue Number: CTV786
Subject: Canadian Social Issues, Consumer Studies, Documentary, Guidance, Health and Medicine, Medicine, Science, Social Issues, Social Sciences, Sociology
Grade Level: 9 - 12, Post Secondary
Country Of Origin: Canada
Copyright Year: 2019
Running Time: 20
Ask anyone who knew her, and they'll say Jessica Starr was a special woman living a charmed life. She was a successful TV personality working at her dream job. A beloved wife and devoted mother of two young children. But in just eight weeks, she went from being happy and care-free to severely depressed, tragically taking her own life at age 35. Her devastated family is now speaking out, claiming that complications after her laser eye surgery led to her suicide.
It all began with the best intentions. Initially, Jessica wanted to get laser correction surgery to improve her life. She had worn glasses and contacts for her severe nearsightedness for 23 years. But, after tumbling down the stairs in the dark, while holding her three-month-old daughter, she decided she needed a permanent fix.
Her eye doctor encouraged Jessica to get a new version of laser correction surgery called SMILE (small incision lenticule extraction). It's considered less invasive than LASIK, with a shorter recovery time. Doctors use a laser to cut a disc-shaped tissue inside the cornea, which is removed through a small incision. The end result is sharper vision. But after Jessica had her procedure on Oct.11, 2018, she knew something was wrong. She struggled with symptoms like hazy vision, chronic headaches and severe dry eyes. No one knew how depressed she had become. On December 12, 2018, Jessica took her own life.
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