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Presbyopia F032

Last amended 
13 March 2017

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Current RMA Instruments
Reasonable Hypothesis SOP
22 of 2017
Balance of Probabilities SOP
23 of 2017
Changes from previous Instruments

Bulletin 195.pdf

ICD Coding
  • ICD-9-CM Codes: 367.4
  • ICD-10-AM Codes: H52.4
Brief description

Presbyopia is the naturally occurring loss of the eyes' ability to focus actively on nearby objects.  It occurs gradually with age and manifests in most people in their 40s.

Confirming the diagnosis

Diagnosis is made clinically by vision testing.

The relevant practitioner is an optometrist or ophthalmologist.

Additional diagnoses covered by SOP
  • Nil
Conditions not covered by SOP
  • Accomodation disorder*
  • amblyopia#
  • astigmatism*
  • hypermetropia*
  • hyperopia*
  • myopia*
  • refractive error*

* another SOP applies

# non-SOP condition

Clinical onset

Clinical onset is when the loss of ability to read or focus at close range becomes evident to the individual.  This most commonly occurs in people aged 40 to 50.

Clinical worsening

The condition slowly progresses with age.  There is no treatment that can alter the underlying course of the condition.  Prescription lenses or magnifying lenses can alleviate the symptoms.