What Does “Minimally Invasive” Really Mean?
Traditional glaucoma surgeries (trabeculectomy or shunt surgery) require the creation of a full-thicknes hole (or fistula) through the wall of the eye (sclera). This allows fluid to flow from the inside of the front of the eye (anterior chamber) through the scleral hole to a bleb (cyst, or blister-like elevation of the conjunctiva). From here the fluid somehow finds its way back into the venous system. These surgeries are called “penetrating.” Canaloplasty,