2022 ICD-10-CM Code H26

Other cataract

Version 2021

Not Valid for Submission

Short Description:Other cataract
Long Description:Other cataract

Code Classification

H26 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 cataract. 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 cataract

Non-specific codes like H26 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 cataract:

  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - H26.0 for Infantile and juvenile cataract
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - H26.00 for Unspecified infantile and juvenile cataract
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - H26.01 for Infantile and juvenile cortical, lamellar, or zonular cataract
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - H26.03 for Infantile and juvenile nuclear cataract
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - H26.04 for Anterior subcapsular polar infantile and juvenile cataract
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - H26.05 for Posterior subcapsular polar infantile and juvenile cataract
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - H26.06 for Combined forms of infantile and juvenile cataract
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H26.09 for Other infantile and juvenile cataract
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - H26.1 for Traumatic cataract
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - H26.10 for Unspecified traumatic cataract
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - H26.11 for Localized traumatic opacities
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - H26.12 for Partially resolved traumatic cataract
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - H26.13 for Total traumatic cataract
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - H26.2 for Complicated cataract
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H26.20 for Unspecified complicated cataract
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - H26.21 for Cataract with neovascularization
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - H26.22 for Cataract secondary to ocular disorders (degenerative) (inflammatory)
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - H26.23 for Glaucomatous flecks (subcapsular)
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - H26.3 for Drug-induced cataract
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H26.30 for Drug-induced cataract, unspecified eye
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H26.31 for Drug-induced cataract, right eye
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H26.32 for Drug-induced cataract, left eye
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H26.33 for Drug-induced cataract, bilateral
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - H26.4 for Secondary cataract
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H26.40 for Unspecified secondary cataract
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - H26.41 for Soemmering's ring
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - H26.49 for Other secondary cataract
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H26.8 for Other specified cataract
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H26.9 for Unspecified cataract

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 coding notes and guidance for inclusions, exclusions, descriptions and more. The following references are applicable to the code H26:

Type 1 Excludes

Type 1 Excludes
A type 1 excludes note is a pure excludes note. It means "NOT CODED HERE!" An Excludes1 note indicates that the code excluded should never be used at the same time as the code above the Excludes1 note. An Excludes1 is used when two conditions cannot occur together, such as a congenital form versus an acquired form of the same condition.

Clinical Information

Information for Patients


A cataract is a clouding of the lens in your eye. It affects your vision. Cataracts are very common in older people. By age 80, more than half of all Americans either have a cataract or have had cataract surgery.

A cataract can occur in either or both eyes. It cannot spread from one eye to the other. Common symptoms are

Cataracts usually develop slowly. New glasses, brighter lighting, anti-glare sunglasses or magnifying lenses can help at first. Surgery is also an option. It involves removing the cloudy lens and replacing it with an artificial lens. Wearing sunglasses and a hat with a brim to block ultraviolet sunlight may help to delay cataracts.

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)