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XEN Gel Stent

An Advanced Technique for the Treatment of Glaucoma

Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of vision loss and irreversible blindness. The major risk factor for glaucoma is high intraocular pressure (IOP). Reducing the level of IOP is the only proven way to effectively treat, prevent, and slow down the progression of the disease. Minimally invasive glaucoma surgery (MIGS) has traditionally been relied upon as a fast, simple, and effective way to reduce IOP. However, a new advancement called the XEN Gel Stent is a superior alternative to MIGS. Rock Hill Eye Center is pleased to offer this as an option for our glaucoma patients.

What is the XEN Gel Stent?

The XEN Gel Stent is a small tube-like implant that is inserted inside the eye. It is flexible and adjusts to your eye’s contours. It is used to lower the high intraocular pressure in patients with open-angle glaucoma when prior surgical interventions have failed to produce effective results. It may also be used when medicines alone have not been able to treat the condition. A clinical study has established the safety and efficacy of this glaucoma stent.

How Does the XEN Gel Stent Work?

The XEN gel glaucoma stent works by creating a small passage inside the eye, helping drain fluid to lower eye pressure. The XEN gel implant is a tiny device about the length of your eyelash. This glaucoma implant is placed just underneath the eye’s conjunctiva and stays permanently in the eye.

What Happens During the Procedure?

Implanting the XEN Gel Stent is quick and is performed on an outpatient basis. The implant is carefully positioned in your eye. When it comes in contact with the liquid inside your eye, it starts working to decrease the eye pressure. After the procedure, your ophthalmologist will schedule a follow-up appointment to review your progress and determine if eye drops are required.
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