XEN® in Alexandria, MN

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When it comes to finding the right match for your needs and your glaucoma treatment, Vance Thompson Vision in Alexandria, MN will spend all the time it takes to find out what you truly need. Since there are many different methods to approach glaucoma, there are also many ways for treatment to miss the mark on relief. Our doctors are dedicated to finding the least invasive way to relieve you of intraocular pressure using the world's most advanced technologies and state-of-the-art incision techniques. When previous attempts (use of medications, failed surgeries, or laser treatments) fail to stop the progression of your glaucoma, our board-certified ophthalmologist surgeon, Dr. Deborah Ristvedt, may suggest a XEN Gel Stent.

The XEN Gel Stent is a soft, gelatin device implanted into the eye to minimize the eye’s intraocular pressure (IOP). The stent is designed to address your glaucoma with a less invasive procedure with fewer complications than traditional glaucoma therapies. Known as MIGS (minimally invasive glaucoma surgery), treatments such as the XEN Gel Stent help create a patient experience like none other, offering comfort and hope for better vision. We want you to be a part of the decision-making process, as we want to meet your visual and lifestyle needs.

Glaucoma FAQs

Best Candidates

You may not be a candidate for the XEN Glaucoma Treatment System if you have:

  • Had a previous drainage eye surgery with an implantation of a device
  • Scarring or disease within the area needed for stent placement
  • Angle-closure glaucoma
  • Chronic eye inflammation
  • Other disorders or eye conditions as determined by your ophthalmologist surgeon

Treatment Options

During your treatment planning session, you will discuss your option for anesthesia and sedation. While you will be awake for this procedure, there are protocols we can follow to make the experience more comfortable. In our outpatient surgical suite, we will prepare you for surgery. Your ophthalmologist surgeon will make a small, self-sealing incision in the cornea for stent placement. The XEN Gel Stent comes with an injector for immediate use. 

The XEN Gel Stent is a soft, gelatin tube inserted into the eye to increase drainage from the eye. The stent is about as wide as a human eyelash (6 mm long). The stent creates a new pathway so the fluid-filled front area of the eye can drain to the area just under the eyeball’s surface. As the XEN Gel Stent softens and becomes a flexible pathway so fluid can drain, it should lower your intraocular pressure.

What to Expect

After your XEN Gel Stent placement surgery, you will have several follow-up appointments with our doctors at Vance Thompson Vision to check your intraocular pressure and chart the progress of your surgical site. You may think that these follow-up appointments are not necessary, but keep in mind that your intraocular pressure can become too low and/or you could have an unaware complication that Dr. Ristvedt can catch and correct with regularly scheduled visits.

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Procedure Information

Recovery Time  
1 - 7 days
Procedure Time  
15 - 20 minutes
Follow Up Time  
1 days, 1 week, 1 month
Recovery Location  
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Tiny Implant with big results

To set up an appointment to learn more about MIGS or ask a few questions about the XEN Gel Stent, please do not hesitate to call. We want you to maintain a healthy eyesight and enjoy life more clearly. We offer private consultations at our Alexandria, MN facility for patients who qualify or are referred from another physician. Contact us today.

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