AMA CPT® Assistant - 2009 Issue 9 (September)

Cataract Extraction/Intraocular Lens Insertion (IOL): Codes 66840-66985 (September 2009)

September 2009 pages 5-6 Cataract Extraction/Intraocular Lens Insertion (IOL): Codes 66840-66985 In order to understand the different cataract extraction/ intraocular lens (IOL) insertion procedures, it is helpful to understand the conditions for which these procedures are performed. A cataract is a partial or complete opacity of the crystalline lens of the eye. Because the lens is normally transparent, the opaque cataract affects the lens' ability to perform its focusing function resulting in blurred vision, decreased visual acuity, poor night vision, glare, and/or light sensitivity. Cataracts may occur during childhood or as a result of aging; certain health problems, such...

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