ICD-10-CM Code H33.2

Serous retinal detachment

Version 2021 Replaced Code Non-Billable Code

Not Valid for Submission

H33.2 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of serous retinal detachment. The code is NOT valid for the year 2021 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.

ICD-10:H33.2
Short Description:Serous retinal detachment
Long Description:Serous retinal detachment

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

Replaced Code

This code was replaced in the 2021 ICD-10 code set with the code(s) listed below. The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) has published an update to the ICD-10-CM diagnosis codes which became effective October 1, 2020. This code was replaced for the FY 2021 (October 1, 2020 - September 30, 2021).

  • H44.2C1 - Degenerative myopia with retinal detachment, right eye
  • H44.2C1 - Degenerative myopia with retinal detachment, right eye
  • H44.2C2 - Degenerative myopia with retinal detachment, left eye
  • H44.2C2 - Degenerative myopia with retinal detachment, left eye
  • H44.2C3 - Degenerative myopia with retinal detachment, bilateral eye
  • H44.2C3 - Degenerative myopia with retinal detachment, bilateral eye
  • H44.2C9 - Degenerative myopia with retinal detachment, unspecified eye
  • H44.2C9 - Degenerative myopia with retinal detachment, 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 H33.2:

Inclusion Terms

Inclusion Terms
These terms are the conditions for which that code is to be used. The terms may be synonyms of the code title, or, in the case of "other specified" codes, the terms are a list of the various conditions assigned to that code. The inclusion terms are not necessarily exhaustive. Additional terms found only in the Alphabetic Index may also be assigned to a code.
  • Retinal detachment NOS
  • Retinal detachment without retinal break

Type 1 Excludes

Type 1 Excludes
A type 1 excludes note is a pure excludes note. It means "NOT CODED HERE!" An Excludes1 note indicates that the code excluded should never be used at the same time as the code above the Excludes1 note. An Excludes1 is used when two conditions cannot occur together, such as a congenital form versus an acquired form of the same condition.
  • central serous chorioretinopathy H35.71

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 H33.2 are found in the index:


Code Classification

  • Diseases of the eye and adnexa (H00–H59)
    • Disorders of choroid and retina (H30-H36)
      • Retinal detachments and breaks (H33)

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


Retinal Detachment

The retina is a layer of tissue in the back of your eye that senses light and sends images to your brain. It provides the sharp, central vision needed for reading, driving, and seeing fine detail. A retinal detachment lifts or pulls the retina from its normal position. It can occur at any age, but it is more common in people over age 40. It affects men more than women and whites more than African Americans. A retinal detachment is also more likely to occur in people who

  • Are extremely nearsighted
  • Have had a retinal detachment in the other eye
  • Have a family history of retinal detachment
  • Have had cataract surgery
  • Have other eye diseases or disorders
  • Have had an eye injury

Symptoms include an increase in the number of floaters, which are little "cobwebs" or specks that float about in your field of vision, and/or light flashes in the eye. It may also seem like there is a "curtain" over your field of vision.

A retinal detachment is a medical emergency. If not promptly treated, it can cause permanent vision loss. If you have any symptoms, see an eye care professional immediately. Treatment includes different types of surgery.

NIH: National Eye Institute

  • Retinal detachment (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Retinal detachment repair (Medical Encyclopedia)

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