- quick out-patient SURGERY
- no sutures
- rapid recovery
- low risk procedure
For patients suffering from advanced keratoconus, DALK surgery (Deep Anterior Lamellar Keratoplasty) has been the surgical solution of choice in order to prevent corneal blindness. However, DALK surgery is very complex, involves general anaesthesia, requires corneal sutures and with any transplant surgery, there is always the risk of graft rejection.
The XENIA corneal implant for keratoconus is a substantially less complex, and minimally invasive alternative to a DALK transplant. Implanting XENIA is a standardized, straightforward and fast procedure. Simply insert the implant into a corneal pocket created by a Femto-Laser, no sutures required.
Requiring only topical anaesthesia, the surgery can be performed as an out-patient procedure.
XENIA is a sutureless procedure. Therefore, you eliminate all suture-related complications resulting in better vision, faster visual recovery and far fewer follow-up visits for patients.
The XENIA procedure reinforces and supports patient corneal tissue without a transplant which, therefore, thickens the cornea while avoiding all graft-related problems, like for example rejection, or downgrade from DALK to full Penetrating Keratoplasty (PK) due to (bubble-related) complications.
Using XENIA not only reduces all kinds of risks, it also offers flexibility because XENIA is reversible and a DALK could still be performed in a worst-case situation.
Finally, XENIA can be used in combination with Corneal Cross-Linking (CXL), because XENIA is increasing the corneal thickness, hence enabling CXL in patients with thinner corneas.