What is the XEN® Gel Stent?
When a patient's glaucoma does not respond well to medication or previous surgical invention and intraocular pressure continues to remain uncontrolled with evidence of optic nerve damage, it is called refractory glaucoma. Our experienced ophthalmologists at Clewner & Kelly Eye Center are exceptionally skilled at utilizing innovative technologies and procedures to treat all stages of glaucoma. If a patient has refractory glaucoma or is otherwise not a good candidate for traditional glaucoma surgery, then the XEN Gel Stent may be an option. The XEN Gel Stent is a tube-shaped surgical implant about the size of a human eyelash made with soft, durable gelatin. The implant creates a small channel in the eye for fluid to drain out, which can help lower intraocular pressure. If you have refractory glaucoma, contact our center in Boca Raton, FL to learn more about this minimally invasive glaucoma surgery.
What to expect with the XEN Gel Stent
If you have been determined to be a good candidate for the XEN Gel Stent, your surgery will be performed on an outpatient basis and will take approximately 1 – 2 hours. Prior to your procedure, our team will administer anesthetic eye drops to minimize your discomfort. A small incision will be made in your cornea for implant placement, and the implant will be inserted using a special surgical injection device. When the implant is in place, it creates a channel for fluid to escape and drain, which should lower your intraocular pressure. After the placement of your implant, our team of ophthalmologists at our Boca Raton, FL location will monitor your healing progress and intraocular pressure through several follow-up appointments. The implant is designed to remain in your eye permanently.
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"Dr Kelly is the most caring Dr He doesn’t rush your appointment He answers all your questions and explains everything to you. He is the best for dealing with glaucoma. I recommend him highly His staff is very professional and friendly. I highly recommend them "- A.J. / Healthgrades / May 12, 2021
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Small implant, world of difference
At Clewner & Kelly Eye Center, we strive to offer glaucoma patients the most cutting-edge and minimally invasive solutions for the management of intraocular pressure. Our accomplished eye surgeons are dedicated to providing you with innovative care, even when your glaucoma has been resistant to other methods of treatment in the past. If you have refractory glaucoma, contact our center in Boca Raton, FL to consult with a board-certified ophthalmologist about the XEN Gel Stent and see how a small implant can make a big impact.