Corneal implants for the correction of refractive error

NICE interventional procedures guidance [IPG225] Published date:

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The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has issued full guidance to the NHS in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland on corneal implants for the correction of refractive error.

  • Description

    Short-sightedness is the inability to see clearly at a distance. Eyesight can usually be corrected by wearing spectacles or contact lenses. The insertion of clear plastic implants into the cornea is an interventional procedure aiming to restore eyesight in short-sightedness.

  • OPCS4.6 Code(s)

    C46.4 Insertion of prosthesis into cornea

    Excludes: Insertion of therapeutic contact lens (C51.5)

    In addition the ICD-10 code H52.1 Myopia would be recorded. 

    The NHS Classifications Service of NHS Connecting for Health is the central definitive source for clinical coding guidance and determines the coding standards associated with the classifications (OPCS-4 and ICD-10) to be used across the NHS.   The NHS Classifications Service and NICE work collaboratively to ensure the most appropriate classification codes are provided.  www.connectingforhealth.co.uk/clinicalcoding

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