ICD-10-CM Code H26.8

Other specified cataract

Version 2021 Billable Code

Valid for Submission

H26.8 is a billable code used to specify a medical diagnosis of other specified cataract. The code is valid for the fiscal year 2021 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions. The ICD-10-CM code H26.8 might also be used to specify conditions or terms like adherent cataract, anterior subcapsular cataract of left eye, anterior subcapsular cataract of right eye, anterior subcapsular polar cataract of left eye, axial cataract, calcified cataract, etc

Short Description:Other specified cataract
Long Description:Other specified cataract

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 H26.8 are found in the index:


The following clinical terms are approximate synonyms or lay terms that might be used to identify the correct diagnosis code:

  • Adherent cataract
  • Anterior subcapsular cataract of left eye
  • Anterior subcapsular cataract of right eye
  • Anterior subcapsular polar cataract of left eye
  • Axial cataract
  • Calcified cataract
  • Capsular cataract
  • Cataract associated with infrared radiation
  • Cataract associated with radiation
  • Cataract form - finding
  • Cataract form - finding
  • Cataract maturity - finding
  • Cataract of posterior subcapsule of bilateral eyes
  • Cataract of posterior subcapsule of left eye
  • Cataract of posterior subcapsule of right eye
  • Cortical cataract
  • Cortical nonsenile cataract
  • Lens nuclear hyper-refringence
  • Mixed type cataract
  • Nonsenile cataract
  • Nuclear lens opacities
  • Polychromatic posterior subcapsular lens opacities
  • Posterior subcapsular lens opacities
  • Pseudoexfoliation of bilateral lens capsules
  • Pseudoexfoliation of left lens capsule
  • Pseudoexfoliation of lens capsule
  • Pseudoexfoliation of right lens capsule
  • Shrunken cataract
  • Toxic cataract
  • Toxic cataract not due to drugs

Diagnostic Related Groups

The ICD-10 code H26.8 is grouped in the following groups for version MS-DRG V38.0 What are Diagnostic Related Groups?
The Diagnostic Related Groups (DRGs) are a patient classification scheme which provides a means of relating the type of patients a hospital treats. The DRGs divides all possible principal diagnoses into mutually exclusive principal diagnosis areas referred to as Major Diagnostic Categories (MDC).
applicable from 10/01/2020 through 09/30/2021.


Convert H26.8 to ICD-9

  • 366.46 - Cataract w radiation (Approximate Flag)
  • 366.8 - Cataract NEC (Approximate Flag)

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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