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