XEN® near Sioux City, IA

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about the XEN Gel Stent

As a result of the fantastic advancements in glaucoma treatment techniques, millions of patients with glaucoma can access a whole new world of options to manage their disease. The majority of these procedures fall into the category of minimally invasive glaucoma surgery (MIGS), which typically produce fewer post-surgical complications than more invasive treatments. The surgeons at Vance Thompson Vision are dedicated to helping each of our patients find the best treatment to address their glaucoma symptoms. If you have not had success with previous treatments, such as prescription eye drops or other surgeries, we may recommend MIGS. One of these advanced options involves implanting a device called the XEN Gel Stent, a tiny device that helps to lower your intraocular pressure. To find out if you qualify for the XEN Gel Stent or one of our other state-of-the-art glaucoma treatments, contact us in South Sioux City, NE to schedule a consultation with one of our trained specialists.

Glaucoma FAQs

Best Candidates for XEN

Only an experienced glaucoma specialist can decide whether a patient is an ideal candidate for the XEN Gel Stent. During your consultation at Vance Thompson Vision, your doctor will perform a full eye exam and review your health history. The XEN device can be performed at the same time as cataract surgery or as a standalone procedure. The most ideal candidates for MIGS:

  • Have both glaucoma and cataracts
  • Don't have a high risk of serious progression
  • Haven't been able to manage their symptoms with eye drops
  • Are living with mild to moderate glaucoma

How the XEN Procedure Works

You will be awake during your procedure, but we will numb your eyes before starting surgery. A small incision will be made in your cornea to implant the XEN Gel Stent in your eye. The device will be placed just beneath the conjunctiva, which is the mucous membrane that coats the inside of your eyelids and covers the outer portion of your eye. Once it is in place within your eye, the device becomes soft and flexible, creating a pathway to increase the flow of intraocular fluid.

What to Expect

After your procedure, you may need to attend a few follow-up appointments at Vance Thompson Vision so your doctor can monitor your eye pressure and post-surgical progress. The XEN Gel Stent is designed to stay in place and continuously work to relieve intraocular pressure. After surgery, many patients can stop or reduce their dependence on prescribed glaucoma medicines.

Tiny Implant with BiG Results

If previous glaucoma treatments have not worked well for you, there are other options to consider. The XEN Gel Stent is just one of many MIGS procedures that can improve the flow of eye fluid to decrease intraocular pressure. The team at Vance Thompson Vision would be happy to answer any questions you may have during a private consultation. Contact us in South Sioux City, NE to schedule an appointment, and let us help you improve your eye health along with your outlook on life.

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