The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has issued full guidance to the NHS in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland on Photochemical corneal cross linkage using riboflavin and ultraviolet A for keratoconus.

This guidance updates and replaces NICE interventional procedure 320 (November 2009).

Description

Keratoconus is a degenerative condition that usually affects both eyes. The cornea of the eye slowly changes shape and becomes somewhat 'cone-like'. It can cause blurred vision and light sensitivity. The use of spectacles or contact lenses can help some people who have this condition. This does not help all people.

In this procedure, special eye drops are given and the eye is exposed to ultraviolet light. This procedure aims to strengthen the cornea, slowing or stopping the process of keratoconus.

Coding recommendations

C51.8 Other specified other operations on cornea

Y37.1 Introduction of photodynamic substance into organ NOC

In addition ICD-10 code H18.6 Keratoconus or H18.7 Other corneal deformities or Q13.4 Other congenital corneal malformations or a combination of the following two codes Q90.-D Down's syndrome and H19.8A Other disorders of sclera and cornea in diseases classified elsewhere are assigned.

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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