Canaloplasty Surgery on Both Eyes from a Patient of Dr. David Richardson (San Marino Eye)
A beautiful couple’s story of how they dealt with glaucoma and went through canaloplasty. Only Ron has glaucoma but his wife, Peg Is with him all the way. Love, indeed!
“Ron had Canaloplasty in 2010 in one eye. And the second eye was done in 2011. The results of both of those procedures was phenomenal. Since that time, Ron is using only one drop in one daily and that eye has had absolutely no disease progression. The other eye not only has had no disease progression- he’s drop free but is actually improved since the time of surgery to the point where it’s not apparent that he ever had glaucoma in that eye.” ~ Peg
I’m a husband. I have children. I have grandchildren and I have a great grand daughter. For fun, I love to play with my grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
I’ve had glaucoma for about five to six years.
He’s suffered so many losses that the idea that he could lose his vision was so frightening to us. He has a family history with glaucoma. He watched an uncle go blind. And it broke my heart that he could lose anything else.
At one time he went through probably five or six different drops and I know at one point he was using like three at the same time. None of the drops were terribly effective. And when there were more drops added, it became a compliance issue because the more drops there were, the more number of times a day they had to be used. It was pretty uncomfortable.
He had some side effects. One of them interacted very badly with his diabetes and I think all of them created really dry itchy eyes and the drops weren’t giving the best resolution to it. That’s when surgery came up as a discussion.
I found out about Canaloplasty through Doctor Richardson. He took a lot of time in explaining to me the new procedure.
We had discuss glaucoma surgery- just the old traditional glaucoma surgery with another Doctor, and in discussing Canaloplasty with Doctor Richardson, we realized that there were far fewer risks. There was a much better chance of success.
I think at that point it really was a no-brainer. It wasn’t even a choice. It was just an absolute blessing to have a Doctor who could perform Canaloplasty.
In comparing the surgical options the only really good option was Canaloplasty.
Ron had Canaloplasty in 2010 in one eye and the second eye was done in 2011. The result of both of those procedures was phenomenal. Since that time, Ron is using only one drop in one eye, daily and that eye has had absolutely no disease progression. The other eye not only has had no disease progression, he’s drop-free. But it has actually improved since the time of surgery to the point where it’s not apparent that he ever had glaucoma in that eye.
Dr. Richardson and his staff are amazing. Amazing…Warm, reassuring, competent… amazing communication, leading up to surgery, following surgery, long-term follow-up. It’s the type of environment that when you walk in the door you know, that you’re in the right place that you’re in good hands.
I would absolutely recommend Dr. Richardson for other patients who have glaucoma. I have a great glaucoma doctor who performs surgery and has done wonders for my eyes. …a very warm and knowledgeable and considerate.
I have never met a Doctor who is as compassionate, as caring and as dedicated to excellent care as Dr. Richardson.
It is just such a blessing to us to have been referred to Doctor Richardson and to have been able to have such a life altering, vision-saving procedure performed that I would tell anyone that if they were considering Canaloplasty, absolutely. Absolutely to do it. And if they want the best Doctor that they will ever find to perform this, it’s Dr. Richardson. There are no words to express the amount of gratitude that we have for what he’s done for us.
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About the Author: David Richardson, MD
Medical Director, San Marino Eye
David Richardson, M.D. is widely recognized as one of the top cataract and glaucoma surgeons in the US and is among an elite group of glaucoma surgeons in the country performing the highly specialized canaloplasty procedure. Morever, Dr. Richardson is one of only a few surgeons in the greater Los Angeles area that performs Micropulse® "Cyclophotocoagulation" (MP3) glaucoma laser surgery. Dr. Richardson graduated Magna Cum Laude from University of Southern California and earned his Medical Degree from Harvard Medical School. He completed his ophthalmology residency at the LAC+USC Medical Center/ Doheny Institute. Dr. David Richardson is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology at Keck School of Medicine of USC. Twice weekly, he treats veterans at the VA Greater Los Angeles Veterans Healthcare System.