Ronald Caronia, MD, Implants The First XEN® Gel Stent To Treat Glaucoma on Long Island

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This FDA-approved procedure is a minimally invasive surgical option to treat mild to moderate glaucoma

Ronald Caronia of Ophthalmic Consultants of Long Island

For patients with primary open-angle glaucoma, the XEN® Gel Stent is a new surgical option for patients whose previous treatment options have failed.

Ophthalmic Consultants of Long Island (OCLI) is proud to announce that well respected glaucoma and laser cataract surgeon Ronald Caronia, MD, has performed the first XEN® Gel Stent procedure on Long Island. This minimally invasive glaucoma surgery (MIGS) was performed at Island Eye SurgiCenter.

The XEN® Gel Stent is a FDA-approved treatment for mild to moderate glaucoma. The XEN® Gel Stent uses a tiny tube to reduce the intraocular pressure to a normal level by creating an opening between the inside of the anterior chamber of the eye and the eye’s outer layer. The opening allows the fluid in the eye to drain, helping to restore the intraocular pressure to a normal level.

The XEN® Gel Stent is made of permanent, soft, collagen-derived, gelatin. The stent measures 6mm long and is about the width of a human hair. Surgeons inject the stent through a small self-sealing corneal incision using a simple, preloaded injector.

“For patients with primary open-angle glaucoma, the XEN® Gel Stent is a new surgical option for patients whose previous treatment options have failed. Ophthalmic Consultants of Long Island strives to be the leader in eye care in Long Island, and by offering patients this revolutionary procedure to help treat glaucoma, we are enabling our patients to enjoy life more fully,” stated Dr. Caronia.

Glaucoma, known as the “sneak thief of sight”, affects one out of 50 adults and is the second leading cause of blindness in the world. The eye disease develops slowly with no vision loss or noticeable symptoms. Open-angle glaucoma is the most common form of glaucoma.

For patients diagnosed with glaucoma, treatment begins with medical therapy such as eye drops followed by treatments including laser trabeculoplasty, tube shunt surgery, or Endoscopic CycloPhotocoagulation (ECP). These treatments are effective; however, are invasive and are prone to complications.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Caronia, or any of the eye professionals at OCLI, please visit or call 1.866.SEE.OCLI (1.866.733.6254).

About Ophthalmic Consultants of Long Island
Ophthalmic Consultants of Long Island (OCLI) is a renowned, multi-specialty eye care group that offers a wide range of eye care services. OCLI strives to have each patient treated by one of the nation’s most highly skilled and qualified specialists. Each physician at OCLI has extensive medical training and many are recognized for innovative medical achievements including performing the first refractive surgery in the world.

OCLI consists of over 30 eye doctors and 13 state-of-the-art medical facilities throughout Long Island. Each office houses some of the most advanced technology available to offer patients a variety of ophthalmic services and treatments, from routine eye examinations to sophisticated LASIK surgery and laser cataract surgery. Dedicated to providing exceptional medical services, OCLI is “clearly the best choice” for all vision care needs. To learn more, or to schedule an appointment, visit

About Island Eye SurgiCenter

Since the beginning, Island Eye Surgicenter’s mission has been to provide excellence in surgical eye care, and it remains a “Center of Excellence.” The physicians of Island Eye are some of the most prominent medical professionals in the nation. They contribute to the development of the latest ophthalmic advancements and lecture on a range of subjects pertaining to surgical eye care throughout the United States and the around world.

Island Eye is a New York State licensed and Medicare Certified Ambulatory Surgery Center and Tissue Transplantation facility. The center is also accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC), a national nonprofit organization ensuring that ambulatory facilities maintain the highest standards of safety and medical care.

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