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Vitreous Strands

Question: Our ophthalmologist has performed a YAG laser for a diagnosis of “vitreous strands.” I don’t see that listed as an acceptable diagnosis for 66821, however. Is there an appropriate ICD-9 code? Ohio Subscriber Answer: The ICD-9 code (379.25, Vitreous membranes and strands) is not the problem here — it’s the CPT® code. In this case, you should report 67031 (Severing of [...]