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Ophthalmology Coding Alert

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How Would You Report Chip Removal During Cataract Excision?

Question:  Which CPT® code do I use for the removal of a nuclear eye chip from the patient’s eye? The chip was pushed up from the iris and was found circulating around. The nuclear chip, which appeared to be about 0.4 mm after viewing on the slit lamp, was not an implanted material. The surgeon found it while doing cataract [...]