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Is Diode Laser Cyclophotocoagulation included under Surgery Class 2 along with other laser procedures for the treatment of glaucoma?

Although several laser procedures used in the treatment of glaucoma, such as iridotomy, iridectomy, iridoplasty, and trabeculoplasty, are permitted under the Surgery Class 2 rating classification, diode laser cyclophotocoagulation is not eligible for coverage under this rate class. Diode laser cyclophotocoagulation is generally considered a treatment of last resort, being reserved for severe cases of glaucoma that have not responded to more conventional treatments. Due to this procedure’s level of risk, Surgery Class 3 rates are required.

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