ICD-10 Diagnosis Code H54.0

Blindness, both eyes

Diagnosis Code H54.0

ICD-10: H54.0
Short Description: Blindness, both eyes
Long Description: Blindness, both eyes
This is the 2017 version of the ICD-10-CM diagnosis code H54.0

Valid for Submission
The code H54.0 is valid for submission for HIPAA-covered transactions.

Code Classification
  • Diseases of the eye and adnexa (H00–H59)
    • Visual disturbances and blindness (H53-H54)
      • Blindness and low vision (H54)

Information for Medical Professionals

Diagnostic Related Groups
The diagnosis code H54.0 is grouped in the following Diagnostic Related Group(s) (MS-DRG V34.0)


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  • Acquired blindness
  • Acquired blindness
  • Acquired blindness
  • Acquired blindness, both eyes
  • Amaurosis
  • Better eye: near total visual impairment, Lesser eye: near total visual impairment
  • Better eye: profound visual impairment, Lesser eye: profound visual impairment
  • Blindness - both eyes
  • Blindness due to type 1 diabetes mellitus
  • Blindness due to type 2 diabetes mellitus
  • Congenital blindness
  • Impairment level: total impairment of both eyes
  • Olivopontocerebellar atrophy with blindness
  • Olivopontocerebellar degeneration
  • Reduced visual acuity
  • Reduced visual acuity
  • Visual acuity less than .05
  • Visual acuity, no light perception

Index of Diseases and Injuries
References found for the code H54.0 in the Index of Diseases and Injuries:

Information for Patients

Vision Impairment and Blindness

Also called: Low vision

If you have low vision, eyeglasses, contact lenses, medicine, or surgery may not help. Activities like reading, shopping, cooking, writing, and watching TV may be hard to do. The leading causes of low vision and blindness in the United States are age-related eye diseases: macular degeneration, cataract and glaucoma. Other eye disorders, eye injuries, and birth defects can also cause vision loss.

Whatever the cause, lost vision cannot be restored. It can, however, be managed. A loss of vision means that you may have to reorganize your life and learn new ways of doing things. If you have some vision, visual aids such as special glasses and large print books can make life easier. There are also devices to help those with no vision, like text-reading software and braille books.

The sooner vision loss or eye disease is found and treated, the greater your chances of keeping your remaining vision. You should have regular comprehensive eye exams by an eye care professional.

NIH: National Eye Institute

  • Blindness and vision loss (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Home vision tests (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Living with vision loss (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Vision - night blindness (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Vision problems (Medical Encyclopedia)

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