2022 ICD-10-CM Code H26.4

Secondary cataract

Version 2021

Not Valid for Submission

Short Description:Secondary cataract
Long Description:Secondary cataract

Code Classification

H26.4 is a non-specific and non-billable diagnosis code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of secondary 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 Secondary cataract

Non-specific codes like H26.4 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 secondary cataract:

  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H26.40 for Unspecified secondary cataract
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - H26.41 for Soemmering's ring
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H26.411 for Soemmering's ring, right eye
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H26.412 for Soemmering's ring, left eye
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H26.413 for Soemmering's ring, bilateral
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H26.419 for Soemmering's ring, unspecified eye
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - H26.49 for Other secondary cataract
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H26.491 for Other secondary cataract, right eye
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H26.492 for Other secondary cataract, left eye
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H26.493 for Other secondary cataract, bilateral
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H26.499 for Other secondary cataract, unspecified eye

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)