2021 ICD-10-CM Code H35.0

Background retinopathy and retinal vascular changes

Version 2021

Not Valid for Submission

H35.0 is a non-specific and non-billable diagnosis code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of background retinopathy and retinal vascular changes. 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:H35.0
Short Description:Background retinopathy and retinal vascular changes
Long Description:Background retinopathy and retinal vascular changes

Code Classification

Specific Coding for Background retinopathy and retinal vascular changes

Non-specific codes like H35.0 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 background retinopathy and retinal vascular changes:

  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H35.00 for Unspecified background retinopathy
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - H35.01 for Changes in retinal vascular appearance
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H35.011 for Changes in retinal vascular appearance, right eye
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H35.012 for Changes in retinal vascular appearance, left eye
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H35.013 for Changes in retinal vascular appearance, bilateral
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H35.019 for Changes in retinal vascular appearance, unspecified eye
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - H35.02 for Exudative retinopathy
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H35.021 for Exudative retinopathy, right eye
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H35.022 for Exudative retinopathy, left eye
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H35.023 for Exudative retinopathy, bilateral
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H35.029 for Exudative retinopathy, unspecified eye
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - H35.03 for Hypertensive retinopathy
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H35.031 for Hypertensive retinopathy, right eye
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H35.032 for Hypertensive retinopathy, left eye
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H35.033 for Hypertensive retinopathy, bilateral
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H35.039 for Hypertensive retinopathy, unspecified eye
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - H35.04 for Retinal micro-aneurysms, unspecified
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H35.041 for Retinal micro-aneurysms, unspecified, right eye
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H35.042 for Retinal micro-aneurysms, unspecified, left eye
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H35.043 for Retinal micro-aneurysms, unspecified, bilateral
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H35.049 for Retinal micro-aneurysms, unspecified, unspecified eye
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - H35.05 for Retinal neovascularization, unspecified
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H35.051 for Retinal neovascularization, unspecified, right eye
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H35.052 for Retinal neovascularization, unspecified, left eye
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H35.053 for Retinal neovascularization, unspecified, bilateral
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H35.059 for Retinal neovascularization, unspecified, unspecified eye
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - H35.06 for Retinal vasculitis
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H35.061 for Retinal vasculitis, right eye
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H35.062 for Retinal vasculitis, left eye
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H35.063 for Retinal vasculitis, bilateral
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H35.069 for Retinal vasculitis, unspecified eye
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - H35.07 for Retinal telangiectasis
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H35.071 for Retinal telangiectasis, right eye
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H35.072 for Retinal telangiectasis, left eye
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H35.073 for Retinal telangiectasis, bilateral
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H35.079 for Retinal telangiectasis, unspecified eye
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H35.09 for Other intraretinal microvascular abnormalities

Tabular List of Diseases and Injuries

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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

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)