ICD-10 Diagnosis Code H44.20

Degenerative myopia, unspecified eye

Diagnosis Code H44.20

ICD-10: H44.20
Short Description: Degenerative myopia, unspecified eye
Long Description: Degenerative myopia, unspecified eye
This is the 2017 version of the ICD-10-CM diagnosis code H44.20

Code Classification
  • Diseases of the eye and adnexa
    • Disorders of vitreous body and globe (H43-H44)
      • Disorders of globe (H44)

Information for Medical Professionals

Information for Patients

Refractive Errors

Also called: Farsightedness, Hyperopia, Myopia, Nearsightedness

The cornea and lens of your eye helps you focus. Refractive errors are vision problems that happen when the shape of the eye keeps you from focusing well. The cause could be the length of the eyeball (longer or shorter), changes in the shape of the cornea, or aging of the lens.

Four common refractive errors are

  • Myopia, or nearsightedness - clear vision close up but blurry in the distance
  • Hyperopia, or farsightedness - clear vision in the distance but blurry close up
  • Presbyopia - inability to focus close up as a result of aging
  • Astigmatism - focus problems caused by the cornea

The most common symptom is blurred vision. Other symptoms may include double vision, haziness, glare or halos around bright lights, squinting, headaches, or eye strain.

Glasses or contact lenses can usually correct refractive errors. Laser eye surgery may also be a possibility.

NIH: National Eye Institute

  • Astigmatism
  • Facts about Presbyopia - NIH (National Eye Institute)
  • Farsightedness
  • Nearsightedness
  • Presbyopia
  • Refraction test

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