Canaloplasty is not a quick surgery (at least by eye surgery standards). In order for the surgery to work properly, your surgeon must make a flap in the sclera (the white part of the eye) and extend this all the way to a very thin and fragile membrane called Descement’s membrane without tearing it. This flap is created just above a vascular tissue (which easily bleeds) called the choroid. All of this happens in a space no larger than the fingernail on your “pinky” finger. It can be tedious and requires both skill and patience from your surgeon. Thus, it can take anywhere between 45 minutes and two hours. The benefits, however, can last a lifetime.
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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.