CPT Code 67031 | Description & Clinical Information
CPT 67031 describes the procedure in which the healthcare provider utilizes a laser to eliminate the vitreous material that is causing visual obstruction in the patient.
The CPT book defines CPT code 67031 as: “Severing of vitreous strands, vitreous face adhesions, sheets, membranes or opacities, laser surgery (1 or more stages)”.
The procedure described by CPT code 67031 is a commonly performed technique to treat obstructed vision caused by vitreous humor, a semi-liquid substance that fills the space between the lens and retina of the eye. Patients who suffer from this condition often experience blurred vision, floaters, or even complete loss of vision. To help alleviate these symptoms, the provider uses a YAG laser to destroy protein and other detached vitreous matter to improve the patient’s vision.
Before the procedure, the provider meticulously examines the patient’s eye, ensuring that there are no underlying conditions that may compromise the success of the treatment. After fully dilating the patient’s eye using special drops, the provider applies a topical anesthetic to numb the area around the eye.
Next, the provider then places a special contact lens on the cornea of the patient’s eye, a transparent membrane that sits on the outer layer of the eyeball. This lens helps to stabilize the eye and prevent any damage to the surrounding structures during the procedure.
Using a YAG laser, the provider begins the treatment by starting with the anterior structures of the eye and slowly working inwards, maintaining a clear view of the structures that need to be treated. The provider starts with a single burst of energy to begin removing vitreous matter, ensuring to steer clear of the delicate lens and the retina.
The provider then continues with the destruction of the vitreous matter that is obstructing the patient’s vision, using the laser to break up any remaining debris in the vitreous humor. Since often more than one treatment session is necessary, the provider may schedule multiple appointments to ensure the success of the procedure.
Overall, the CPT code 67031 procedure is a safe and effective way to treat obstructed vision caused by vitreous humor. By using a YAG laser to destroy detached vitreous matter, patients can enjoy improved vision and a better quality of life. If you or someone you know is experiencing vision problems due to vitreous humor obstruction, consulting with a qualified healthcare professional may help determine if this procedure is right for you.
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