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Canaloplasty And The Treatment of Glaucoma

Canaloplasty is an effective and minimally invasive surgical procedure used for the treatment of open-angle glaucoma. This is accomplished by restoring the function of the eye’s natural outflow system.  The procedure itself has an excellent safety profile and the long-term effectiveness make it a worthwhile option for many glaucoma patient types. For those with existing drug-based glaucoma treatments, this procedure can be used alongside those treatment plans.

Studies have shown Canaloplasty to be safe and effective in lowering intra-ocular pressure while at the same time, reducing medication dependence. With some cases of glaucoma leading to permanent loss of vision, this procedure can provide patients with glaucoma a more comprehensive solution not possible with use of glaucoma drops alone. Studies have shown that canaloplasty can reduce eye pressure by nearly 40%, and most glaucoma patients who have had this procedure can cut their use of glaucoma drops in half.

How is Canaloplasty Performed?

Canaloplasty uses a micro-catheter to open the eye’s natural drainage system called the Schlemm’s canal. This microcatheter will circle the canal around your iris, enlarging the main drainage channel and its smaller collector channels. The canal is then opened using a sterile, gel-like material called viscoelastic. The micro-catheter is then removed while a suture is threaded through Schlemm’s canal This tightened suture ensures that the canal remains open. By opening the canal, the pressure inside your eye will be relieved and once this canal is opened, the eye’s fluid can exit through a more natural process allowing the pressure in the eye to drop to a more normal level.

The surgery is usually done under local anesthesia and takes less than one hour in most cases. After surgery, the eye generally is covered by an eye patch and protected by a plastic shield overnight.

Take the next step in your vision journey by scheduling a consultation to determine if this procedure is best suited for you based on your individual needs and current eye condition.

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