XEN Gel Stent
What is the XEN Gel Stent?
XEN Gel Stent is a tiny gelatin implant designed to help bypass the blocked drainage system of the eye. It works by creating a small channel in the eye to drain fluid and help reduce the IOP. XEN is suggested for patients with open-angle glaucoma (also called refractory glaucoma) where previous surgical treatment has failed and/or medications (at maximum dosage) alone were insufficient.
The XEN Gel Stent is implanted in a minimally invasive procedure and can be done at the same time as cataract surgery, saving patients time and money. XEN has been described by researchers as a “hybrid” between microinvasive glaucoma surgery (MIGS) and traditional glaucoma surgery.
How does the XEN Gel Stent Work?
The XEN Gel Stent is tiny (about the size of an eyelash!) and is placed underneath the transparent tissue that covers the white of the eye. It is designed to stay in the eye permanently and can’t be seen or felt. Think of it as a tiny, clear tube and after implanted in the eye, it becomes soft and flexible.
U.S. Studies have shown a 40 percent reduction in IOP at 36 months and a 74 percent reduction in glaucoma medications.
As with all procedures, there can be risks, which your Center For Sight doctor will discuss with you. If you have open-angle glaucoma and your previous surgical treatment has failed and/or medications alone were insufficient, we can help you decide if the XEN® Gel Stent is the right choice for you. Individual results may vary.