ICD-10-CM Code H18.21

Corneal edema secondary to contact lens

Version 2021 Non-Billable Code

Not Valid for Submission

H18.21 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of corneal edema secondary to contact lens. The code is NOT valid for the year 2021 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.

ICD-10:H18.21
Short Description:Corneal edema secondary to contact lens
Long Description:Corneal edema secondary to contact lens

Consider the following ICD-10 codes with a higher level of specificity:

Tabular List of Diseases and Injuries

The Tabular List of Diseases and Injuries is a list of ICD-10 codes, organized "head to toe" into chapters and sections with guidance for inclusions, exclusions, descriptions and more. The following references are applicable to the code H18.21:

Type 2 Excludes

Type 2 Excludes
A type 2 excludes note represents "Not included here". An excludes2 note indicates that the condition excluded is not part of the condition represented by the code, but a patient may have both conditions at the same time. When an Excludes2 note appears under a code, it is acceptable to use both the code and the excluded code together, when appropriate.
  • other corneal disorders due to contact lens H18.82

Index to Diseases and Injuries

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 the code H18.21 are found in the index:


Code Classification

  • Diseases of the eye and adnexa (H00–H59)
    • Disorders of sclera, cornea, iris and ciliary body (H15-H22)
      • Other disorders of cornea (H18)

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
  • FY 2021 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2020 through 9/30/2021

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

  • Cloudy cornea (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Corneal injury (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Corneal transplant (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Corneal ulcers and infections (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Fuchs dystrophy (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Keratoconus (Medical Encyclopedia)

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