Canaloplasty is a surgical procedure used to treat glaucoma, a condition in which pressure builds up inside the eye, damaging the optic nerve and leading to vision loss. Canaloplasty involves using microsurgical techniques to open the eye’s natural drainage canal, known as the Schlemm’s canal, and to enlarge it using a tiny catheter.
During the procedure, a small incision is made in the eye to gain access to the Schlemm’s canal. A microcatheter is then inserted into the canal and used to remove any blockages and to stretch the canal to make it wider. Once the canal has been enlarged, a suture is placed to keep the canal open, allowing fluid to flow more freely out of the eye and reducing intraocular pressure.
Canaloplasty is a minimally invasive procedure that can be performed under local anesthesia. It offers several advantages over traditional glaucoma surgery, including a faster recovery time and a lower risk of complications. However, it may not be suitable for all patients, and your ophthalmologist will determine if it is appropriate for you based on your individual circumstances.