The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has issued full guidance to the NHS in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland on intraocular lens insertion for correction of refractive error, with preservation of the natural lens.


Short-sightedness is the inability to see clearly at a distance. Eyesight can usually be corrected by wearing spectacles or contact lenses. Insertion of a clear plastic lens in front of the existing lens is a procedure that aims to improve vision in short-sightedness.

Coding recommendations

C75.1 Insertion of prosthetic replacement for lens NEC

In addition a code from ICD-10 category H52. - Disorders of refraction and accommodation would be assigned.

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