2021 ICD-10-CM Code H26.23

Glaucomatous flecks (subcapsular)

Version 2021

Not Valid for Submission

H26.23 is a non-specific and non-billable diagnosis code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of glaucomatous flecks (subcapsular). 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:H26.23
Short Description:Glaucomatous flecks (subcapsular)
Long Description:Glaucomatous flecks (subcapsular)

Code Classification

Specific Coding for Glaucomatous flecks (subcapsular)

Non-specific codes like H26.23 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 glaucomatous flecks (subcapsular):

  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H26.231 for Glaucomatous flecks (subcapsular), right eye
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H26.232 for Glaucomatous flecks (subcapsular), left eye
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H26.233 for Glaucomatous flecks (subcapsular), bilateral
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H26.239 for Glaucomatous flecks (subcapsular), 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 coding notes and guidance for inclusions, exclusions, descriptions and more. The following references are applicable to the code H26.23:


Code First

Code First
Certain conditions have both an underlying etiology and multiple body system manifestations due to the underlying etiology. For such conditions, the ICD-10-CM has a coding convention that requires the underlying condition be sequenced first followed by the manifestation. Wherever such a combination exists, there is a "use additional code" note at the etiology code, and a "code first" note at the manifestation code. These instructional notes indicate the proper sequencing order of the codes, etiology followed by manifestation.

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 H26.23 are found in the index:

Information for Patients


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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)