Deaconess Posted Wed 03rd of January, 2018 11:40:39 AM
our retinal specialist says that a patient can have wet and dry AMD in one eye. For coding purposes, is this ok to code both in one eye?
SuperCoder Answered Thu 04th of January, 2018 03:49:30 AM
There are two types of AMD: dry (atrophic) and wet (neovascular or exudative). Most AMD starts as the dry type and in 10-20% of individuals, it progresses to the wet type. Age-related macular degeneration is always bilateral (i.e., occurs in both eyes), but does not necessarily progress at the same pace in both eyes. It is therefore possible to experience the wet type in one eye and the dry type in the other, but based on my reserach could not find a source for both wet and dry AMD in same eye. But, if documentation states both wet and dry AMD in single eye, you can code.