http://new-glaucoma-treatments.com/wp-content/uploads/ What are the Benefits of Canaloplasty? As a minimally invasive glaucoma treatment, Canaloplasty uses a very small catheter to dilate the eye’s natural drainage system (Schlemm’s canal). The canal is then kept open by placement of a suture (similar to how a “hoodie” is closed with a string). Just some of the benefits of canaloplasty include: It improves the flow of fluid out of the eye using the eye’s natural drainage system It is a “non-penetrating” procedure that does not create a permanent fistula in the wall of the eye (What Does “Minimally Invasive” Really Mean?) It does not require a bleb (see why this is important What is the Big Deal About a Bleb, Anyway?) Provides long-term reduction in IOP (see three year results below) Reduces the need for medications to keep the IOP controlled Is an option for patients that cannot tolerate medications because of side effects or cost (Drops are Difficult to Use – No Surprise Here) Is a good option for those patients with open angle glaucoma who are not yet ready for the more invasive traditional surgeries such as trabeculectomy or tube shunts [link to description of traditional surgeries] Is safer than traditional glaucoma surgeries (Canaloplasty vs Trabeculectomy) [jwplayer config="Custom 399x249" mediaid="2635"]What is Canaloplasty? How is it performed?