ICD-10-CM Code H33.3

Retinal breaks without detachment

Version 2021 Non-Billable Code

Not Valid for Submission

H33.3 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of retinal breaks without detachment. The code is NOT valid for the year 2021 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.

ICD-10:H33.3
Short Description:Retinal breaks without detachment
Long Description:Retinal breaks without detachment

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

  • H33.30 - Unspecified retinal break
  • H33.301 - Unspecified retinal break, right eye
  • H33.302 - Unspecified retinal break, left eye
  • H33.303 - Unspecified retinal break, bilateral
  • H33.309 - Unspecified retinal break, unspecified eye
  • H33.31 - Horseshoe tear of retina without detachment
  • H33.311 - Horseshoe tear of retina without detachment, right eye
  • H33.312 - Horseshoe tear of retina without detachment, left eye
  • H33.313 - Horseshoe tear of retina without detachment, bilateral
  • H33.319 - Horseshoe tear of retina without detachment, unspecified eye
  • H33.32 - Round hole of retina without detachment
  • H33.321 - Round hole, right eye
  • H33.322 - Round hole, left eye
  • H33.323 - Round hole, bilateral
  • H33.329 - Round hole, unspecified eye
  • H33.33 - Multiple defects of retina without detachment
  • H33.331 - Multiple defects of retina without detachment, right eye
  • H33.332 - Multiple defects of retina without detachment, left eye
  • H33.333 - Multiple defects of retina without detachment, bilateral
  • H33.339 - Multiple defects of retina without 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 H33.3:

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.
  • chorioretinal scars after surgery for detachment H59.81
  • peripheral retinal degeneration without break H35.4

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 Disorders

The retina is a layer of tissue in the back of your eye that senses light and sends images to your brain. In the center of this nerve tissue is the macula. It provides the sharp, central vision needed for reading, driving and seeing fine detail.

Retinal disorders affect this vital tissue. They can affect your vision, and some can be serious enough to cause blindness. Examples are

  • Macular degeneration - a disease that destroys your sharp, central vision
  • Diabetic eye disease
  • Retinal detachment - a medical emergency, when the retina is pulled away from the back of the eye
  • Retinoblastoma - cancer of the retina. It is most common in young children.
  • Macular pucker - scar tissue on the macula
  • Macular hole - a small break in the macula that usually happens to people over 60
  • Floaters - cobwebs or specks in your field of vision

NIH: National Eye Institute

  • Amaurosis fugax (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Central serous choroidopathy (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Electroretinography (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Fluorescein angiography (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • High blood pressure and eye disease (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Home vision tests (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Intravitreal injection (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Retinal artery occlusion (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Retinal vein occlusion (Medical Encyclopedia)

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