What If Canaloplasty Doesn’t Work, Can I Still Have Traditional Glaucoma Surgery?

If you had Canaloplasty surgery, but are one of the few patients where, it doesn’t work to bring your pressures down sufficiently, it’s important to note that you can still have traditional glaucoma surgery such as trabeculectomy or tubes also called shunts or setons. There’s nothing about canaloplasty that would keep you from having those surgeries or limit the success of those surgeries later on. So, if you are a candidate for canaloplasty now, it’s worth discussing this option with your surgeon, if you’re also considering more traditional glaucoma surgery.

About the Author: David Richardson, MD

Medical Director, San Marino Eye

David Richardson MD - Top Glaucoma SurgeonDavid 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.

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