The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has issued full guidance to the NHS in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland on Trabeculotomy ab interno for open angle glaucoma.
Primary open-angle glaucoma is a condition associated with a long-term increase of pressure within the eye. It may gradually lead to permanent loss of sight because of damage to the nerve that connects the eye to the brain (optic nerve).
This procedure uses a specifically designed surgical instrument to remove a portion of tissue with the aim of improving the eye’s drainage pathway, leading to a reduction in pressure within the eye.
In addition ICD-10 code H40.1 Primary open-angle glaucoma is assigned.
The NHS Classifications Service has advised NICE that currently these are the most suitable OPCS-4 codes to describe this procedure. The OPCS-4 classification is designed to categorise procedures for analysis and it is not always possible to identify a procedure uniquely.
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.