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Ophthalmology

Area of medical practice that treats health conditions involving the eye

Procedures:

Cataract surgery

Surgery to remove a clouded lens (cataract) from the eye.

Cataract surgery with glaucoma stent

Surgery to remove a clouded lens (cataract) from the eye and insert a device to help drain fluid.

Corneal graft surgery

Surgery to remove damaged or diseased cornea and replace with a donor cornea.

Droopy eyebrow surgery

Surgery to correct vision problems caused by sagging or lowering of the eyebrow.

Droopy eyelid surgery

Surgery to fix a drooping upper eyelid.

Excess upper eyelid skin surgery

Surgery to reduce the amount of upper eyelid tissue. Usually done on both eyes at the same time.

Eyelid cyst surgery

Surgery to remove an eyelid cyst.

Intravitreal injections/eye injections (IVI)

A needle is used to remove fluid or inject medication into the eye.

Intravitreal injections/eye injections (IVI) with anaesthesia

A needle is used to remove fluid or inject medication into the eye for diagnosis or treatment under anaesthesia. The procedure is performed in-hospital.

Pterygium surgery

Surgery to remove a fleshy overgrowth from the surface (conjunctiva) of the eye.

Retinal detachment repair - gas injection

Injection of a gas bubble to fix a retina which has separated from the back of the eye. The procedure is performed either in-hospital or at the specialist's room.

Retinal detachment repair - surgery

Surgery to fix a retina which has separated from the back of the eye.

Retinal laser

Laser to treat the retina

Skin flap repair

Surgery to move a piece of healthy muscle, skin, or both, to repair a nearby area after removal of a skin growth. The procedure is performed either in-hospital or at the specialist's room.

Turned in or out eyelid surgery

Surgery to the lower eyelid to fix an eyelid that rolls in (entropion) or out (ectropion) not requiring muscle repair.

Turned in or out eyelid surgery (complex)

Surgery to repair muscles in the lower eyelid to fix an eyelid that rolls in (entropion) or out (ectropion).

Vitreous removal surgery

Surgery to remove the gel-like fluid inside the eye.

Services:

Diagnostic procedures and investigations
Eye scan (optical coherence tomography - OCT)

A measure of inside structures of the eye using light waves. This is for one test in 12 months.

Eye ultrasound (both eyes)

A measure of the dimensions of both eyes (usually before cataract surgery).

Eye ultrasound (one eye)

A measure of the dimensions of one eye (usually before cataract surgery).

Visual field test

A field of vision test performed in both eyes using specialised equipment. Medicare provides a rebate for up to 3 tests in a 12 months period.

MBS item 11200

A test to check for increased pressure in the eyeball (glaucoma). This involves drinking water and then measuring the pressure inside the eye.

MBS item 11215

A procedure where dye is injected into the patient so pictures can be taken of the blood vessels at the back of one eye (retinal angiography).

MBS item 11218

A procedure where dye is injected into the patient so pictures can be taken of the blood vessels at the back of both eyes (retinal angiography).

MBS item 11220

A procedure using light waves to take pictures inside the eye (optical coherence tomography). This is to see what treatment is needed after the person has received an eye medication (ocriplasmin).

MBS item 11224

An eye test performed in one eye using a specialised computer program (full quantitative computerised perimetry). The patient has an eye condition or a problem with the eye nerve is suspected. This is for up to 3 tests in 12 months.

MBS item 11237

A test in one eye using ultrasound (ultrasonic echography) to check or monitor different eye conditions. This includes eye cancers and changes in the eye which may become cancerous.

MBS item 11242

A test using ultrasound or light to check inside one eye which has had lens surgery. Further lens surgery may be needed in this eye.

MBS item 11243

A test using ultrasound or light to check inside one eye. The patient has had surgery in the other eye where the lens was not corrected, or the surgery was over 3 years ago.

MBS item 11244

An ultrasound scan by an eye specialist (ophthalmologist) to look inside the eye.

Professional attendances
Follow-up specialist appointment

A follow-up appointment with a specialist at their rooms or in-hospital. The specialist may provide additional services which may have their own costs.

Initial ophthalmology appointment (patients aged 0-9 years or 0-14 years with developmental delay)

The first appointment with an eye specialist (ophthalmologist) for a full eye check, for a specific condition and/or course of treatment. The patient is 9 years or younger, or 14 years or younger with developmental delay. The specialist may provide additional services or tests which may have their own costs.

Initial specialist appointment

The first appointment with a specialist at their rooms.

MBS item 00106

The first appointment with an eye specialist (ophthalmologist) for a vision test (refraction testing). This test is done to see if a prescription for glasses or contact lenses is needed.

MBS item 00111

A follow up appointment with a specialist at their rooms or in-hospital when urgent surgery is needed.

MBS item 10809

An appointment for the fitting of contact lenses if the patient has a certain medical condition.

MBS item 91823

A follow up appointment with a specialist for a specific condition and/or course of treatment. The appointment is by telehealth and is longer than 5 minutes.

MBS item 91833

A follow up appointment with a specialist. The appointment is by telehealth and is for more than 5 minutes.

Therapeutic procedures
Capsular laser

Laser procedure to treat vision which has become blurry or cloudy after cataract surgery. This is for up to two procedures to that eye in 2 years. It is performed at the specialist's rooms.

Glaucoma laser

Laser procedure to lower pressure of one eye for treatment of glaucoma. This is for up to 4 procedures to that eye in 2 years. It is performed at the specialist's rooms.

Glucocorticoid preparations

Many injections of steroid medicine. This is to treat areas of damaged or abnormal skin.

Intravitreal injections/eye injections (IVI)

A needle is used to remove fluid or inject medication into the eye.

Iris laser

Laser procedure to make a small hole in the iris of the eye. This is for up to 3 procedures to that eye in 2 years. It is performed at the specialist's rooms.

Skin biopsy

Taking a sample of skin for testing (biopsy) during a consultation.

Skin flap repair

Surgery to move a piece of healthy muscle, skin, or both, to repair a nearby area after removal of a skin growth. The procedure is performed either in-hospital or at the specialist's room.

MBS item 14100

A procedure using laser (laser photocoagulation) to treat abnormal blood vessels of the head or neck.

MBS item 18236

Injection of anaesthetic into a branch of one of the main nerves of the face (trigeminal).

MBS item 18240

Injection of anaesthetic into the space behind the eyeball (retrobulbar) or the spaces around the eyeball (peribulbar).

MBS item 18350

Botox injection in a person aged 12 years or older, to treat uncontrollable muscle spasms on one side of the face (hemifacial). Includes all injections on same day.

MBS item 18351

Dysport injection in a person aged 18 years or older, to treat uncontrollable muscle spasms on one side of the face (hemifacial). Includes all injections on same day.

MBS item 18366

Botox injection to treat eye squint (strabismus). Includes all injections on same day and any special muscle tests.

MBS item 18370

Botox injection in a person aged 12 years or older to treat muscle spasms around one eye (unilateral blepharospasm). Includes all injections on same day.

MBS item 18372

Botox injection in a person aged 12 years or older to treat muscle spasms around both eyes (bilateral blepharospasm). Includes all injections on same day.

MBS item 18374

Dysport injection in a person aged 18 years or older to treat muscle spasms around both eyes (bilateral blepharospasm). Includes all injections on same day.

MBS item 30061

A procedure to remove an object which doesn't belong from the surface of the body (foreign body).

MBS item 30072

A procedure to take a sample of mucous membrane for testing (biopsy).

MBS item 31206

Surgery to remove a growth (tumour or cyst), ulcer or scar smaller than 10 mm (in diameter and located in mucous membrane. A sample will be sent for testing.

MBS item 31356

Surgery to remove a cancerous (malignant) area of skin smaller than 6 mm in size. This is from or around the nose, eyelid, eyebrow, lip, ear, finger/toe or genitals. A sample will be sent for testing.

MBS item 31357

Surgery to remove a non-cancerous fluid filled growth (cyst), ulcer or scar which is smaller than 6 mm in size. This includes surgery on or around the nose, eyelid, eyebrow, lip, ear, finger/toe or genitals. A sample will be sent for testing.

MBS item 31358

Surgery to remove a cancerous (malignant) area of skin larger than 6 mm in size. This is from or around the nose, eyelid, eyebrow, lip, ear, finger/toe or genitals. The sample will be sent off for testing to look at the cells.

MBS item 31360

Surgery to remove a non-cancerous fluid filled growth (cyst), ulcer or scar which is larger than 6 mm in size. This includes surgery on or around the nose, eyelid, eyebrow, lip, ear, finger/toe or genitals. A sample will be sent for testing.

MBS item 34109

Taking a small sample (biopsy) of the artery that runs from in front of the ear and up the head to test for disease.

MBS item 41764

Procedures using a specialised tube to look inside one or both sides of the nose, the throat or the voice box (nasendoscopy, sinoscopy).

MBS item 42575

Surgery to remove an oil gland in the eye (extirpation).

MBS item 42581

Surgery on an eyelid which is turned inward (entropion) or outward (ectropion).

MBS item 42584

Surgery to sew the upper and lower eyelids closer together.

MBS item 42587

Surgery using cold (cryotherapy), laser or electricity (electrolysis) to remove eyelashes which are causing damage to the eyeball (trichiasis).

MBS item 42590

Surgery to fix one of the areas where the upper and lower eyelids meet (canthoplasty).

MBS item 42614

Surgery to remove or replace a tube that drains tears from the one eye into the nose (nasolacrimal tube). During the surgery a flexible probe may also be passed through the tube to make sure it is clear.

MBS item 42615

Surgery to remove or replace both tubes that drains tears from the eyes into the nose (nasolacrimal tube). During the surgery a flexible probe may also be passed through the tube to make sure it is clear.

MBS item 42617

Surgery at the corners of the eyes (punctum) to improve drainage for tears.

MBS item 42620

Surgery at the corners of the eyes (punctum) using a plug to close drainage for tears.

MBS item 42622

Surgery at the corners of the eyes (punctum) using electricity (cautery) to permanently close drainage for tears.

MBS item 42641

Surgery to remove a non cancerous piece of tissue from the eye (pterygium). It is then replaced with a graft of membrane tissue.

MBS item 42644

Surgery to remove an object stuck in the clear area over the front of the eye (cornea) or the whites of the eye (sclera).

MBS item 42647

Surgery to remove scars from the clear area over the front of the eye (cornea).

MBS item 42650

Surgery to treat the clear area over the front of the eye (cornea) because of damage from an ulcer or breakdown of the tissue (corneal erosion).

MBS item 42652

Surgery using UV light to help strengthen the clear area at the front of the eye (cornea).

MBS item 42668

Surgery to remove stitches from the front layer of the eye (cornea sutures) at least 6 weeks after eye surgery.

MBS item 42672

Surgery to make cuts in the front layer of the eye (cornea). This is to treat blurred vision caused by an abnormal curve of the eye (astigmatism).

MBS item 42676

A procedure to take a small sample for testing (biopsy) from the thin clear layer (conjunctiva) that covers the eye.

MBS item 42692

Surgery to remove a growth (tumour) from the area where the white of the eye meets the clear section at the front (limbic).

MBS item 42740

Procedure where a needle is inserted into the back of the eye to remove fluid or inject medication (intra vitreal). This is to diagnose one or more conditions of the eye.

MBS item 42744

Surgery using a needle to fix a filter which was put into the eye to treat glaucoma (filtration bleb).

MBS item 42791

Surgery using laser to remove structures (vitreolysis) or tissue (corticolysis) which are affecting vision.

MBS item 42808

A procedure using laser surgery on the eye to repair it.

MBS item 42809

Surgery using laser to shrink or destroy abnormal areas in the retina (photocoagulation).

MBS item 42810

Laser surgery on the cornea to remove scar tissue or other disease damage (keratectomy).

MBS item 42818

Surgery to freeze (cryotherapy) tissue at the back of the eye (retina) to repair some disease conditions.

MBS item 42821

An ultrasound scan of the pelvis or abdomen of a pregnant patient after 22 weeks gestation. Scan shows a multiple pregnancy.

MBS item 42824

An injection of alcohol or medication behind the eyeball (retrobulbar).

MBS item 42863

Surgery to correct an eyelid which is sitting abnormally high or low.

MBS item 45003

Surgery using a piece of muscle and skin to repair a wound (myocutaneous flap).

MBS item 45451

Surgery using a piece of skin from one area of the body to repair another area (graft).

MBS item 45614

Surgery to reconstruct all layers of an eyelid.

MBS item 45624

Surgery to fix a drooping upper eyelid (ptosis). There has been surgery on the same side before.

MBS item 45665

Surgery to remove cancer from the lip, eyelid or ear. This is done by removing the tissue with cancer and then repairing it with stitches.