The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has issued full guidance to the NHS in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland on implantation of an opaque intraocular lens for intractable double vision.

Description

Double vision (also known as diplopia) is seeing two images of a single object instead of one. In this procedure, the clear lens of one eye is removed and replaced with a non-transparent (opaque) lens. The aim is to block out one of the double images.

Coding recommendations

C75.1 Insertion of prosthetic replacement for lens NEC

Note:  A supplementary OPCS-4 code is used to identify the method of concurrent extraction of lens (C71-C74)

It is not possible to capture the type of lens using OPCS-4.

 In addition the ICD-10 code H53.2 Diplopia would be recorded.

Your responsibility

This guidance represents the view of NICE, arrived at after careful consideration of the evidence available. When exercising their judgement, healthcare professionals are expected to take this guidance fully into account. However, the guidance does not override the individual responsibility of healthcare professionals to make decisions appropriate to the circumstances of the individual patient, in consultation with the patient and/or guardian or carer.

Commissioners and/or providers have a responsibility to implement the guidance, in their local context, in light of their duties to have due regard to the need to eliminate unlawful discrimination, advance equality of opportunity, and foster good relations. Nothing in this guidance should be interpreted in a way that would be inconsistent with compliance with those duties.

Commissioners and providers have a responsibility to promote an environmentally sustainable health and care system and should assess and reduce the environmental impact of implementing NICE recommendations wherever possible.

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