ICD-10-CM Code H26.1

Traumatic cataract

Version 2021 Non-Billable Code

Not Valid for Submission

H26.1 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of traumatic cataract. The code is NOT valid for the year 2021 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.

Short Description:Traumatic cataract
Long Description:Traumatic cataract

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

  • 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

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 H26.1:

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  • code (Chapter 20) to identify external cause

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


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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