ICD-10-CM Code H40.1293

Low-tension glaucoma, unspecified eye, severe stage

Version 2021 Billable Code Unacceptable Principal Diagnosis

Valid for Submission

H40.1293 is a billable code used to specify a medical diagnosis of low-tension glaucoma, unspecified eye, severe stage. The code is valid for the fiscal year 2021 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.

The code H40.1293 describes a circumstance which influences the patient's health status but not a current illness or injury. The code is unacceptable as a principal diagnosis.

ICD-10:H40.1293
Short Description:Low-tension glaucoma, unspecified eye, severe stage
Long Description:Low-tension glaucoma, unspecified eye, severe stage

Code Edits

The Medicare Code Editor (MCE) detects and reports errors in the coding of claims data. The following ICD-10 Code Edits are applicable to this code:

  • Unacceptable principal diagnosis - There are selected codes that describe a circumstance which influences an individual's health status but not a current illness or injury, or codes that are not specific manifestations but may be due to an underlying cause. These codes are considered unacceptable as a principal diagnosis.

Convert H40.1293 to ICD-9

  • 365.12 - Low tension glaucoma (Combination Flag)
  • 365.73 - Severe stage glaucoma (Combination 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


Glaucoma

Glaucoma is a group of diseases that can damage the eye's optic nerve. It is a leading cause of blindness in the United States. It usually happens when the fluid pressure inside the eyes slowly rises, damaging the optic nerve. Often there are no symptoms at first. Without treatment, people with glaucoma will slowly lose their peripheral, or side vision. They seem to be looking through a tunnel. Over time, straight-ahead vision may decrease until no vision remains.

A comprehensive eye exam can tell if you have glaucoma. People at risk should get eye exams at least every two years. They include

  • African Americans over age 40
  • People over age 60, especially Mexican Americans
  • People with a family history of glaucoma

There is no cure, but glaucoma can usually be controlled. Early treatment can help protect your eyes against vision loss. Treatments usually include prescription eyedrops and/or surgery.

NIH: National Eye Institute

  • Glaucoma (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Ophthalmoscopy (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Standard ophthalmic exam (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Tonometry (Medical Encyclopedia)

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