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