ICD-10-CM Code H44.2

Degenerative myopia

Version 2020 Non-Billable Code

Not Valid for Submission

H44.2 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of degenerative myopia. The code is NOT valid for the year 2020 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.

ICD-10:H44.2
Short Description:Degenerative myopia
Long Description:Degenerative myopia

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

  • H44.20 - ... unspecified eye
  • H44.21 - ... right eye
  • H44.22 - ... left eye
  • H44.23 - ... bilateral
  • H44.2A - Degenerative myopia with choroidal neovascularization
  • H44.2A1 - Degenerative myopia with choroidal neovascularization, right eye
  • H44.2A2 - Degenerative myopia with choroidal neovascularization, left eye
  • H44.2A3 - Degenerative myopia with choroidal neovascularization, bilateral eye
  • H44.2A9 - Degenerative myopia with choroidal neovascularization, unspecified eye
  • H44.2B - Degenerative myopia with macular hole
  • H44.2B1 - Degenerative myopia with macular hole, right eye
  • H44.2B2 - Degenerative myopia with macular hole, left eye
  • H44.2B3 - Degenerative myopia with macular hole, bilateral eye
  • H44.2B9 - Degenerative myopia with macular hole, unspecified eye
  • H44.2C - Degenerative myopia with retinal detachment
  • H44.2C1 - Degenerative myopia with retinal detachment, right eye
  • H44.2C2 - Degenerative myopia with retinal detachment, left eye
  • H44.2C3 - Degenerative myopia with retinal detachment, bilateral eye
  • H44.2C9 - Degenerative myopia with retinal detachment, unspecified eye
  • H44.2D - Degenerative myopia with foveoschisis
  • H44.2D1 - Degenerative myopia with foveoschisis, right eye
  • H44.2D2 - Degenerative myopia with foveoschisis, left eye
  • H44.2D3 - Degenerative myopia with foveoschisis, bilateral eye
  • H44.2D9 - Degenerative myopia with foveoschisis, unspecified eye
  • H44.2E - Degenerative myopia with other maculopathy
  • H44.2E1 - Degenerative myopia with other maculopathy, right eye
  • H44.2E2 - Degenerative myopia with other maculopathy, left eye
  • H44.2E3 - Degenerative myopia with other maculopathy, bilateral eye
  • H44.2E9 - Degenerative myopia with other maculopathy, 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 H44.2:

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.
  • Malignant myopia

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 H44.2 are found in the index:

  • - Syndrome - See Also: Disease;
    • - Terry's - See Also: Myopia, degenerative; - H44.2

Clinical Information

  • MYOPIA DEGENERATIVE-. excessive axial myopia associated with complications especially posterior staphyloma and choroidal neovascularization that can lead to blindness.

Code Classification

  • Diseases of the eye and adnexa (H00–H59)
    • Disorders of vitreous body and globe (H43-H44)
      • Disorders of globe (H44)

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

Information for Patients


Refractive Errors

The cornea and lens of your eye helps you focus. Refractive errors are vision problems that happen when the shape of the eye keeps you from focusing well. The cause could be the length of the eyeball (longer or shorter), changes in the shape of the cornea, or aging of the lens.

Four common refractive errors are

  • Myopia, or nearsightedness - clear vision close up but blurry in the distance
  • Hyperopia, or farsightedness - clear vision in the distance but blurry close up
  • Presbyopia - inability to focus close up as a result of aging
  • Astigmatism - focus problems caused by the cornea

The most common symptom is blurred vision. Other symptoms may include double vision, haziness, glare or halos around bright lights, squinting, headaches, or eye strain.

Glasses or contact lenses can usually correct refractive errors. Laser eye surgery may also be a possibility.

NIH: National Eye Institute


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