Corneal ulceration

Created Apr 2017
Reviewed Dec 2019

Query

Patient admitted with keratitis with ulceration due to contact lenses and found with bacteria growing.  
What diagnoses codes should be assigned?

Response

As a contact lens is not an intraocular device, the appropriate diagnosis codes to assign for this case are:
H16.0      Corneal ulcer
B96.--     Other bacterial agents as the cause of diseases classified to other chapters
Z97.3      Presence of spectacles and contact lenses

 Free text should be used to add specificity.

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