ICD-10 Diagnosis Code H53.013

Deprivation amblyopia, bilateral

Diagnosis Code H53.013

ICD-10: H53.013
Short Description: Deprivation amblyopia, bilateral
Long Description: Deprivation amblyopia, bilateral
This is the 2017 version of the ICD-10-CM diagnosis code H53.013

Code Classification
  • Diseases of the eye and adnexa
    • Visual disturbances and blindness (H53-H54)
      • Visual disturbances (H53)

Information for Patients


Also called: Lazy eye

Amblyopia, or "lazy eye," is the most common cause of visual impairment in children. It happens when an eye fails to work properly with the brain. The eye may look normal, but the brain favors the other eye. In some cases, it can affect both eyes. Causes include

  • Strabismus - a disorder in which the two eyes don't line up in the same direction
  • Refractive error in an eye - when one eye cannot focus as well as the other, because of a problem with its shape. This includes nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism.
  • Cataract - a clouding in the lens of the eye

It can be hard to diagnose amblyopia. It is often found during a routine vision exam.

Treatment for amblyopia forces the child to use the eye with weaker vision. There are two common ways to do this. One is to have the child wear a patch over the good eye for several hours each day, over a number of weeks to months. The other is with eye drops that temporarily blur vision. Each day, the child gets a drop of a drug called atropine in the stronger eye. It is also sometimes necessary to treat the underlying cause. This could include glasses or surgery.

NIH: National Eye Institute

  • Amblyopia
  • Facts about Amblyopia - NIH (National Eye Institute)
  • Standard ophthalmic exam

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