ICD-10-CM Code H17.03

Adherent leukoma, bilateral

Version 2020 Billable Code

Valid for Submission

H17.03 is a billable code used to specify a medical diagnosis of adherent leukoma, bilateral. The code is valid for the year 2020 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions. The ICD-10-CM code H17.03 might also be used to specify conditions or terms like adherent leukoma, adherent leukoma of left eye, adherent leukoma of right eye, bilateral adherent leukoma, corneal scars and opacities, degeneration of cornea of bilateral eyes, etc

Short Description:Adherent leukoma, bilateral
Long Description:Adherent leukoma, bilateral


The following clinical terms are approximate synonyms or lay terms that might be used to identify the correct diagnosis code:

  • Adherent leukoma
  • Adherent leukoma of left eye
  • Adherent leukoma of right eye
  • Bilateral adherent leukoma
  • Corneal scars and opacities
  • Degeneration of cornea of bilateral eyes
  • Opacity of cornea of bilateral eyes
  • Opacity of cornea of left eye
  • Opacity of cornea of right eye
  • Scar of cornea of bilateral eyes
  • Scar of cornea of left eye
  • Scar of cornea of right eye

Diagnostic Related Groups

The ICD-10 code H17.03 is grouped in the following groups for version MS-DRG V37.0 What are Diagnostic Related Groups?
The Diagnostic Related Groups (DRGs) are a patient classification scheme which provides a means of relating the type of patients a hospital treats. The DRGs divides all possible principal diagnoses into mutually exclusive principal diagnosis areas referred to as Major Diagnostic Categories (MDC).
applicable from 10/01/2019 through 09/30/2020.


Convert H17.03 to ICD-9

  • 371.04 - Adherent leucoma (Approximate Flag)

Code Classification

  • Diseases of the eye and adnexa (H00–H59)
    • Disorders of sclera, cornea, iris and ciliary body (H15-H22)
      • Corneal scars and opacities (H17)

Code History

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

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

  • Refractive errors
  • Allergies
  • Infections
  • Injuries
  • Dystrophies - conditions in which parts of the cornea lose clarity due to a buildup of cloudy material

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

NIH: National Eye Institute

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