2021 ICD-10-CM Code H26.0

Infantile and juvenile cataract

Version 2021

Not Valid for Submission

H26.0 is a non-specific and non-billable diagnosis code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of infantile and juvenile cataract. The code is not specific and is NOT valid for the year 2021 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.

ICD-10:H26.0
Short Description:Infantile and juvenile cataract
Long Description:Infantile and juvenile cataract

Code Classification

Specific Coding for Infantile and juvenile cataract

Non-specific codes like H26.0 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 infantile and juvenile cataract:

  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - H26.00 for Unspecified infantile and juvenile cataract
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H26.001 for Unspecified infantile and juvenile cataract, right eye
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H26.002 for Unspecified infantile and juvenile cataract, left eye
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H26.003 for Unspecified infantile and juvenile cataract, bilateral
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H26.009 for Unspecified infantile and juvenile cataract, unspecified eye
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - H26.01 for Infantile and juvenile cortical, lamellar, or zonular cataract
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H26.011 for Infantile and juvenile cortical, lamellar, or zonular cataract, right eye
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H26.012 for Infantile and juvenile cortical, lamellar, or zonular cataract, left eye
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H26.013 for Infantile and juvenile cortical, lamellar, or zonular cataract, bilateral
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H26.019 for Infantile and juvenile cortical, lamellar, or zonular cataract, unspecified eye
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - H26.03 for Infantile and juvenile nuclear cataract
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H26.031 for Infantile and juvenile nuclear cataract, right eye
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H26.032 for Infantile and juvenile nuclear cataract, left eye
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H26.033 for Infantile and juvenile nuclear cataract, bilateral
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H26.039 for Infantile and juvenile nuclear cataract, unspecified eye
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - H26.04 for Anterior subcapsular polar infantile and juvenile cataract
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H26.041 for Anterior subcapsular polar infantile and juvenile cataract, right eye
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H26.042 for Anterior subcapsular polar infantile and juvenile cataract, left eye
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H26.043 for Anterior subcapsular polar infantile and juvenile cataract, bilateral
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H26.049 for Anterior subcapsular polar infantile and juvenile cataract, unspecified eye
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - H26.05 for Posterior subcapsular polar infantile and juvenile cataract
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H26.051 for Posterior subcapsular polar infantile and juvenile cataract, right eye
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H26.052 for Posterior subcapsular polar infantile and juvenile cataract, left eye
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H26.053 for Posterior subcapsular polar infantile and juvenile cataract, bilateral
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H26.059 for Posterior subcapsular polar infantile and juvenile cataract, unspecified eye
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - H26.06 for Combined forms of infantile and juvenile cataract
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H26.061 for Combined forms of infantile and juvenile cataract, right eye
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H26.062 for Combined forms of infantile and juvenile cataract, left eye
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H26.063 for Combined forms of infantile and juvenile cataract, bilateral
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H26.069 for Combined forms of infantile and juvenile cataract, unspecified eye
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H26.09 for Other infantile and juvenile cataract

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

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)