A goniotomy is also known as a trabeculectomy.
A goniotomy is an operation that is performed for congenital glaucoma. It involves a very fine knife being used to cut into the Schlemm's Canal from within the eye itself. (Congenital glaucoma is a glaucoma, i.e. excessively high pressure in the eyeball, that has been present since birth.)
This procedure is the first stage in goniopuncture, which is a rarely performed operation used to treat congenital glaucoma.
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