Not Valid for Submission
H40.8 is a non-specific and non-billable diagnosis code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of other glaucoma. 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.
Specific Coding for Other glaucoma
Non-specific codes like H40.8 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 other glaucoma:
- GLAUCOMA-. an ocular disease occurring in many forms having as its primary characteristics an unstable or a sustained increase in the intraocular pressure which the eye cannot withstand without damage to its structure or impairment of its function. the consequences of the increased pressure may be manifested in a variety of symptoms depending upon type and severity such as excavation of the optic disk hardness of the eyeball corneal anesthesia reduced visual acuity seeing of colored halos around lights disturbed dark adaptation visual field defects and headaches. dictionary of visual science 4th ed
- GLAUCOMA OPEN ANGLE-. glaucoma in which the angle of the anterior chamber is open and the trabecular meshwork does not encroach on the base of the iris.
- OCULAR HYPERTENSION-. a condition in which the intraocular pressure is elevated above normal and which may lead to glaucoma.
- GLAUCOMA NEOVASCULAR-. a form of secondary glaucoma which develops as a consequence of another ocular disease and is attributed to the forming of new vessels in the angle of the anterior chamber.
- GLAUCOMA ANGLE CLOSURE-. a form of glaucoma in which the intraocular pressure increases because the angle of the anterior chamber is blocked and the aqueous humor cannot drain from the anterior chamber.
- EXFOLIATION SYNDROME-. the deposition of flaky translucent fibrillar material most conspicuous on the anterior lens capsule and pupillary margin but also in both surfaces of the iris the zonules trabecular meshwork ciliary body corneal endothelium and orbital blood vessels. it sometimes forms a membrane on the anterior iris surface. exfoliation refers to the shedding of pigment by the iris. newell ophthalmology 7th ed p380
- GLAUCOMA DRAINAGE IMPLANTS-. devices usually incorporating unidirectional valves which are surgically inserted in the sclera to maintain normal intraocular pressure.
- WEILL MARCHESANI SYNDROME-. rare congenital disorder of connective tissue characterized by brachydactyly joint stiffness childhood onset of ocular abnormalities e.g. microspherophakia ectopia lentis; glaucoma and proportionate short stature. cardiovascular anomalies are occasionally seen.
- LOW TENSION GLAUCOMA-. a form of glaucoma in which chronic optic nerve damage and loss of vision normally attributable to buildup of intraocular pressure occurs despite prevailing conditions of normal intraocular pressure.
Information for Patients
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
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