ICD-9 Diagnosis Code 368.15

Visual distortions NEC

Diagnosis Code 368.15

ICD-9: 368.15
Short Description: Visual distortions NEC
Long Description: Other visual distortions and entoptic phenomena
This is the 2014 version of the ICD-9-CM diagnosis code 368.15

Code Classification
  • Diseases of the sense organs
    • Disorders of the eye and adnexa (360-379)
      • 368 Visual disturbances

Information for Medical Professionals

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  • Dysphotopsia
  • Entoptic phenomenon
  • Patterns appear intricately detailed
  • Photopsia
  • Refractive diplopia
  • Refractive polyopia
  • Sees haloes around objects
  • Sees lights in visual field
  • Sound-induced photism
  • Visual halos

Index of Diseases and Injuries
References found for the code 368.15 in the Index of Diseases and Injuries:

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
  • Corneal transplant
  • Corneal transplant - discharge
  • Facts about Presbyopia - NIH (National Eye Institute)
  • Farsightedness
  • Home vision tests
  • Nearsightedness
  • Presbyopia
  • Refraction test
  • Refractive corneal surgery - discharge
  • Standard ophthalmic exam

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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
  • Home vision tests
  • Ophthalmoscopy
  • Standard ophthalmic exam
  • Vision - night blindness
  • Vision problems

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