ICD-10-CM Code H26

Other cataract

Version 2021 Non-Billable Code

Not Valid for Submission

H26 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of other cataract. The code is NOT valid for the year 2021 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.

ICD-10:H26
Short Description:Other cataract
Long Description:Other cataract

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

  • H26.0 - Infantile and juvenile cataract
  • H26.00 - Unspecified infantile and juvenile cataract
  • H26.001 - Unspecified infantile and juvenile cataract, right eye
  • H26.002 - Unspecified infantile and juvenile cataract, left eye
  • H26.003 - Unspecified infantile and juvenile cataract, bilateral
  • H26.009 - Unspecified infantile and juvenile cataract, unspecified eye
  • H26.01 - Infantile and juvenile cortical, lamellar, or zonular cataract
  • H26.011 - Infantile and juvenile cortical, lamellar, or zonular cataract, right eye
  • H26.012 - Infantile and juvenile cortical, lamellar, or zonular cataract, left eye
  • H26.013 - Infantile and juvenile cortical, lamellar, or zonular cataract, bilateral
  • H26.019 - Infantile and juvenile cortical, lamellar, or zonular cataract, unspecified eye
  • H26.03 - Infantile and juvenile nuclear cataract
  • H26.031 - Infantile and juvenile nuclear cataract, right eye
  • H26.032 - Infantile and juvenile nuclear cataract, left eye
  • H26.033 - Infantile and juvenile nuclear cataract, bilateral
  • H26.039 - Infantile and juvenile nuclear cataract, unspecified eye
  • H26.04 - Anterior subcapsular polar infantile and juvenile cataract
  • H26.041 - Anterior subcapsular polar infantile and juvenile cataract, right eye
  • H26.042 - Anterior subcapsular polar infantile and juvenile cataract, left eye
  • H26.043 - Anterior subcapsular polar infantile and juvenile cataract, bilateral
  • H26.049 - Anterior subcapsular polar infantile and juvenile cataract, unspecified eye
  • H26.05 - Posterior subcapsular polar infantile and juvenile cataract
  • H26.051 - Posterior subcapsular polar infantile and juvenile cataract, right eye
  • H26.052 - Posterior subcapsular polar infantile and juvenile cataract, left eye
  • H26.053 - Posterior subcapsular polar infantile and juvenile cataract, bilateral
  • H26.059 - Posterior subcapsular polar infantile and juvenile cataract, unspecified eye
  • H26.06 - Combined forms of infantile and juvenile cataract
  • H26.061 - Combined forms of infantile and juvenile cataract, right eye
  • H26.062 - Combined forms of infantile and juvenile cataract, left eye
  • H26.063 - Combined forms of infantile and juvenile cataract, bilateral
  • H26.069 - Combined forms of infantile and juvenile cataract, unspecified eye
  • H26.09 - Other infantile and juvenile cataract
  • H26.1 - Traumatic cataract
  • H26.10 - Unspecified traumatic cataract
  • H26.101 - Unspecified traumatic cataract, right eye
  • H26.102 - Unspecified traumatic cataract, left eye
  • H26.103 - Unspecified traumatic cataract, bilateral
  • H26.109 - Unspecified traumatic cataract, unspecified eye
  • H26.11 - Localized traumatic opacities
  • H26.111 - Localized traumatic opacities, right eye
  • H26.112 - Localized traumatic opacities, left eye
  • H26.113 - Localized traumatic opacities, bilateral
  • H26.119 - Localized traumatic opacities, unspecified eye
  • H26.12 - Partially resolved traumatic cataract
  • H26.121 - Partially resolved traumatic cataract, right eye
  • H26.122 - Partially resolved traumatic cataract, left eye
  • H26.123 - Partially resolved traumatic cataract, bilateral
  • H26.129 - Partially resolved traumatic cataract, unspecified eye
  • H26.13 - Total traumatic cataract
  • H26.131 - Total traumatic cataract, right eye
  • H26.132 - Total traumatic cataract, left eye
  • H26.133 - Total traumatic cataract, bilateral
  • H26.139 - Total traumatic cataract, unspecified eye
  • H26.2 - Complicated cataract
  • H26.20 - Unspecified complicated cataract
  • H26.21 - Cataract with neovascularization
  • H26.211 - Cataract with neovascularization, right eye
  • H26.212 - Cataract with neovascularization, left eye
  • H26.213 - Cataract with neovascularization, bilateral
  • H26.219 - Cataract with neovascularization, unspecified eye
  • H26.22 - Cataract secondary to ocular disorders (degenerative) (inflammatory)
  • H26.221 - Cataract secondary to ocular disorders (degenerative) (inflammatory), right eye
  • H26.222 - Cataract secondary to ocular disorders (degenerative) (inflammatory), left eye
  • H26.223 - Cataract secondary to ocular disorders (degenerative) (inflammatory), bilateral
  • H26.229 - Cataract secondary to ocular disorders (degenerative) (inflammatory), unspecified eye
  • H26.23 - Glaucomatous flecks (subcapsular)
  • H26.231 - Glaucomatous flecks (subcapsular), right eye
  • H26.232 - Glaucomatous flecks (subcapsular), left eye
  • H26.233 - Glaucomatous flecks (subcapsular), bilateral
  • H26.239 - Glaucomatous flecks (subcapsular), unspecified eye
  • H26.3 - Drug-induced cataract
  • H26.30 - Drug-induced cataract, unspecified eye
  • H26.31 - Drug-induced cataract, right eye
  • H26.32 - Drug-induced cataract, left eye
  • H26.33 - Drug-induced cataract, bilateral
  • H26.4 - Secondary cataract
  • H26.40 - Unspecified secondary cataract
  • H26.41 - Soemmering's ring
  • H26.411 - Soemmering's ring, right eye
  • H26.412 - Soemmering's ring, left eye
  • H26.413 - Soemmering's ring, bilateral
  • H26.419 - Soemmering's ring, unspecified eye
  • H26.49 - Other secondary cataract
  • H26.491 - Other secondary cataract, right eye
  • H26.492 - Other secondary cataract, left eye
  • H26.493 - Other secondary cataract, bilateral
  • H26.499 - Other secondary cataract, unspecified eye
  • H26.8 - Other specified cataract
  • H26.9 - 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 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.
  • congenital cataract Q12.0

Clinical Information

  • CATARACT-. partial or complete opacity on or in the lens or capsule of one or both eyes impairing vision or causing blindness. the many kinds of cataract are classified by their morphology size shape location or etiology cause and time of occurrence. dorland 27th ed
  • CATARACT EXTRACTION-. the removal of a cataractous crystalline lens from the eye.
  • CAPSULE OPACIFICATION-. clouding or loss of transparency of the posterior lens capsule usually following cataract extraction.

Code Classification

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


Cataract

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

  • Blurry vision
  • Colors that seem faded
  • Glare - headlights, lamps or sunlight may seem too bright. You may also see a halo around lights.
  • Not being able to see well at night
  • Double vision
  • Frequent prescription changes in your eye wear

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

  • Cataract (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Cataract removal (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Slit-lamp exam (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Standard ophthalmic exam (Medical Encyclopedia)

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