Two new codes were created to report ophthalmic related adverse incidents. Code Y77.11, Contact lens associated with adverse incidents, is specific for adverse incidents related to contact lenses. Code Y77.19, Other therapeutic (nonsurgical) and rehabilitative ophthalmic devices associated with adverse incidents, is for other types of ophthalmic devices.
Contact lens wearers are at risk for contact lens-related eye infections, especially if they are sleeping or napping in their lenses. Sleeping in contact lenses increases the risk for corneal infection regardless of lens material and frequency of overnight use. It is important that contact lens wearers follow their eye care professional’s recommendation for proper wear and care of contact lenses.
These codes were created at the request of the American Optometric Association (AOA) to facilitate better data collection efforts related to contact lens and other ophthalmic devices related adverse events.
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Adverse Incidents due to Therapeutic and Rehabilitative Ophthalmic Devices
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