Getting to the Bottom of Asthenopia – Ophthalmology Management

If you have patients who engage in a lot of near work, you probably will have to deal with asthenopia. Here is what you need to know in order to recognize, test and bill for it.

This article answers the following questions:

  • What is asthenopia, and why is it a problem for some people?
  • How does testing help treat these patients?
  • Who pays for the testing?
  • Should we make a separate charge specifically for testing convergence and accommodation?
  • What constitutes a refraction?
  • Are refractions ever considered part of the office visit or eye exam?
  • How frequently may we charge for a refraction?

This article was published in Ophthalmology Management’s Coding & Reimbursement column, which is written by Corcoran’s Executive Vice-President, Suzanne Corcoran, COE. To view the entire article in Ophthalmology Management, click on the link below:

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