2021 ICD-10-CM Code H17

Corneal scars and opacities

Version 2021

Not Valid for Submission

H17 is a non-specific and non-billable diagnosis code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of corneal scars and opacities. The code is not specific and is NOT valid for the year 2021 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.

ICD-10:H17
Short Description:Corneal scars and opacities
Long Description:Corneal scars and opacities

Code Classification

Specific Coding for Corneal scars and opacities

Non-specific codes like H17 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 corneal scars and opacities:

  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - H17.0 for Adherent leukoma
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H17.00 for Adherent leukoma, unspecified eye
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H17.01 for Adherent leukoma, right eye
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H17.02 for Adherent leukoma, left eye
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H17.03 for Adherent leukoma, bilateral
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - H17.1 for Central corneal opacity
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H17.10 for Central corneal opacity, unspecified eye
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H17.11 for Central corneal opacity, right eye
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H17.12 for Central corneal opacity, left eye
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H17.13 for Central corneal opacity, bilateral
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - H17.8 for Other corneal scars and opacities
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - H17.81 for Minor opacity of cornea
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - H17.82 for Peripheral opacity of cornea
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H17.89 for Other corneal scars and opacities
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H17.9 for Unspecified corneal scar and opacity

Information for Patients


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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Code History

  • FY 2021 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2020 through 9/30/2021
  • FY 2020 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2019 through 9/30/2020
  • FY 2019 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2018 through 9/30/2019
  • FY 2018 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2017 through 9/30/2018
  • FY 2017 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2016 through 9/30/2017
  • FY 2016 - New Code, effective from 10/1/2015 through 9/30/2016 (First year ICD-10-CM implemented into the HIPAA code set)