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Experience:  Ophthalmology since 1994 with Retina sub-specialty interest
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what is a common cst for closing tear ducts using the catherizing

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what is a common cst for closing tear ducts using the catherizing process?
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr. James replied 6 years ago.
Hello.

Can you clarify what "cst" is?
What procedures have you had done?
Are you under the care of an ophthalmologist?
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
I don't know what cst is. none., No,. but that is recommened.by a opthamoligist. 4 eye ducts closed for dry eye syndrome. No I am curious .
Expert:  Dr. James replied 6 years ago.

Unfortunately I am not familiar with what "cst" is either.

Some more questions.

So you have dry eyes?
Your doctor wants to close all four tear ducts?
What has been done already?
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
I am not aware what cst is. I just need to know the cost of closing 4 eye tear ducts with caterizing.
Expert:  Dr. James replied 6 years ago.

I am not familiar with the cost the procedure, but it is commonly done as an office procedure. I'll opt out so other ophthalmologist may answer.
Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 6 years ago.
Hi. I'm online and happy to answer your question today.
Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 6 years ago.
Will you be paying out of pocket for this or using medicare?
Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 6 years ago.
It varies from doctor to doctor and by region, but to close one puncta using punctal occlusion plugs the charge is around $130. The second one is reimbursed at 50% first cost and the last two at 37.5% of the first cost, if they are all done at the same time.

If the puncta are closed by other means, such as cautery, the charges would be different.


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Experience: Ophthalmology since 1994 with Retina sub-specialty interest
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Customer: replied 6 years ago.
Are you talking about the catering process?
Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 6 years ago.
I am unable to find a code for payment of punctal occlusion by cautery from medicare. I have found out that our office charges $273.50 for closure of all 4 puncta by cautery but I don't know what medicare pays us as I am no longer at my office to consult my wonderful staff :)
Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 6 years ago.
I think that is what they are taking about when they mentioned by the "catherizing process"......