Phototherapeutic laser keratectomy for corneal surface irregularities

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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 Phototherapeutic laser keratectomy for corneal surface irregularities.

  • Description

    Eye disorders in which the outer clear layer of the eye (the cornea) becomes scarred, uneven, less flexible, or develops recurrent ulcers may result in loss of ability to focus sharply.

    Phototherapeutic keratectomy uses a laser to remove layers of the cornea in order to produce a smooth, even surface with the aim of improving vision.

  • OPCS4.6 Code(s)

    C44.4 Photorefractive keratectomy

    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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