Who Will Likely Benefit from the Stegmann Canal Expander®?

Most anyone who is a candidate for canaloplasty should also benefit from placement of the Stegmann Canal Expander®. At the time of this writing, however, only those outside of the USA can do so as the FDA has yet to approve this device.

Stegmann Canal Expander® – Summary

Canaloplasty already offers an impressive IOP lowering benefit with minimal risk to the patient with glaucoma. However, it is a technically challenging and time-consuming surgery to perform. The addition of the Stegmann Canal Expander® may provide even greater IOP lowering benefit. I am looking forward to future studies comparing canaloplasty with the Stegmann Canal Expander® to trabeculectomy. If, as I expect to be the case, there is no significant IOP lowering benefit with trabeculectomy but much greater risk with trabeculectomy, then it is my hope that more US-based surgeons will make the effort to learn this technique for the benefit of their patients.

David Richardson, MD

David Richardson, MD

Medical Director, San Marino Eye

David Richardson, M.D. is 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 P3™ "Cyclophotocoagulation" (MP3) glaucoma laser surgery. Dr. Richardson graduated Magna Cum Laude from the 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 Eye Institute. Dr. Richardson is also an Ambassador of Glaucoma Research Foundation.

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