What is the XEN® Gel Stent?
The XEN® Gel Stent is a surgical implant designed to lower high eye pressure in open-angle glaucoma patients where previous surgical treatment has failed and/or medications alone were insufficient (also known as refractory glaucoma).
A small device that can make a big difference.
The XEN® Gel Stent is a small tube that, when inserted into the eye, becomes soft and flexible. XEN® is designed to help lower eye pressure and was evaluated in a U.S. clinical study that established its safety and effectiveness.
How does the XEN® Gel Stent work?
The XEN® Gel Stent creates a small channel in the eye to drain fluid and help lower eye pressure. The XEN® Gel Stent is tiny (about the length of an eyelash) and it’s placed just under the conjunctiva, which is a clear membrane that covers the white of your eye.
XEN® Gel Stent Video
How long does theXEN® Gel Stent last?
The XEN® Gel Stent is designed to stay in the eye permanently.
Will I be able to stop using eye drops?
You may or may not need to use glaucoma eye drops after the XEN® procedure. Your doctor will determine your need for eye drops after the XEN® procedure.
Is the XEN® Gel Stent right for me?
As with all procedures, there can be risks, which your doctor will discuss with you. If you have open-angle glaucoma and your previous surgical treatment has failed and/or medications alone were insufficient, your doctor can help you decide if the XEN® Gel Stent is the right choice for you. Individual results may vary.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT WITH XEN®?
-The XEN® Gel Stent surgery is an outpatient procedure.
-The XEN® Gel Stent will be positioned carefully in your eye.
-It should start working to help reduce your eye pressure.
Individual results may vary. Your doctor will schedule follow-up appointments to review your progress and determine your need for eye drops.
The following resources can provide you with additional information about glaucoma:
The Glaucoma Foundation (TGF) glaucomafoundation.org
Glaucoma Research Foundation (GRF) glaucoma.org
GRF Gleams Newsletter glaucoma.org/news/gleams/print.php
Glaucoma Service Foundation to Prevent Blindness willsglaucoma.org
National Eye Institute nei.nih.gov/health/glaucoma/
New York Glaucoma Research Institute (NYGRI) glaucoma.net