2022 ICD-10-CM Code H17.8

Other corneal scars and opacities

Version 2021

Not Valid for Submission

ICD-10:H17.8
Short Description:Other corneal scars and opacities
Long Description:Other corneal scars and opacities

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)

H17.8 is a non-specific and non-billable diagnosis code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of other corneal scars and opacities. The code is not specific and is NOT valid for the year 2022 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.

Specific Coding for Other corneal scars and opacities

Non-specific codes like H17.8 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 other corneal scars and opacities:

  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - H17.81 for Minor opacity of cornea
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H17.811 for Minor opacity of cornea, right eye
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H17.812 for Minor opacity of cornea, left eye
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H17.813 for Minor opacity of cornea, bilateral
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H17.819 for Minor opacity of cornea, unspecified eye
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - H17.82 for Peripheral opacity of cornea
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H17.821 for Peripheral opacity of cornea, right eye
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H17.822 for Peripheral opacity of cornea, left eye
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H17.823 for Peripheral opacity of cornea, bilateral
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H17.829 for Peripheral opacity of cornea, unspecified eye
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H17.89 for Other corneal scars and opacities

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)