There are a number of different treatment options for those with open-angle glaucoma to relieve pressure in the eye. The XEN gel stent is an effective device that is used to help lower eye pressure for improved vision. Our team of physicians is highly knowledgeable in this procedure, so you can be sure that you are in good hands!
The XEN gel stent is a surgical implant created to lower high eye pressure in open-angle glaucoma patients. The stent is a very small, soft tube that becomes soft and flexible when inserted. It works by creating a small channel in the eye to drain fluid and help to lower eye pressure. For many patients, glaucoma eye drops are no longer needed after the XEN gel stent procedure.
First, numbing drops will be placed into the eye, and an anesthetic will be injected into the tissue around the eye. During this procedure, the XEN gel stent is inserted into the trabecular meshwork of the eye. This allows fluid to drain through the stent from the front camber of the eye to reduce pressure inside of the eye. This, in turn, reduces pressure on the optic nerve of the eye, preventing further damage and loss of vision in glaucoma. The procedure usually takes about 60 minutes to complete.
Following this surgery, you will be given eye drops to use in the operated eye. The stent should begin working immediately after surgery. Be sure to inform your doctor if you experienced reduced vision or discomfort following surgery.
This stent is a good option for open-angle glaucoma patients where previous surgery has failed or medications alone were not enough. Individuals with eye inflammation or who have had a glaucoma drainage device previously implanted should not undergo this procedure.
To learn more about the XEN gel stent, contact Eye Care Physicians of New Jersey today! Our team will help you to schedule a consultation appointment, which is your first step toward treatment.