H16.01 - Central corneal ulcer

Version 2023
ICD-10:H16.01
Short Description:Central corneal ulcer
Long Description:Central corneal ulcer
Status: Not Valid for Submission
Version:ICD-10-CM 2023
Code Classification:
  • Diseases of the eye and adnexa (H00–H59)
    • Disorders of sclera, cornea, iris and ciliary body (H15-H22)
      • Keratitis (H16)

H16.01 is a non-specific and non-billable ICD-10 code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of central corneal ulcer. The code is not specific and is NOT valid for the year 2023 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions. Category or Header define the heading of a category of codes that may be further subdivided by the use of 4th, 5th, 6th or 7th characters.

Clinical Information

Specific Coding for Central corneal ulcer

Non-specific codes like H16.01 require more digits to indicate the appropriate level of specificity. Consider using any of the following ICD-10 codes with a higher level of specificity when coding for central corneal ulcer:

  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H16.011 for Central corneal ulcer, right eye
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H16.012 for Central corneal ulcer, left eye
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H16.013 for Central corneal ulcer, bilateral
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H16.019 for Central corneal ulcer, unspecified eye

Index to Diseases and Injuries References

The Index to Diseases and Injuries is an alphabetical listing of medical terms, with each term mapped to one or more ICD-10 code(s). The following references for this diagnosis code are found in the injuries and diseases index:

Patient Education


Corneal Disorders

Your cornea is the outermost layer of your eye. It is clear and shaped like a dome. The cornea helps to shield the rest of the eye from germs, dust, and other harmful matter. It also helps your eye to focus. If you wear contact lenses, they float on top of your corneas.

Problems with the cornea include:

Treatments of corneal disorders include medicines, corneal transplantation, and corneal laser surgery.

NIH: National Eye Institute


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