2021 ICD-10-CM Code H44.2

Degenerative myopia

Version 2021
Non-Billable Code

Not Valid for Submission

H44.2 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable diagnosis 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 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:H44.2
Short Description:Degenerative myopia
Long Description:Degenerative myopia

Code Classification

Specific Coding for Degenerative myopia

Header codes like H44.2 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 degenerative myopia:

  • 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
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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:

Clinical Information

Information for Patients


Refractive Errors

Also called: Farsightedness, Hyperopia, Myopia, Nearsightedness

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

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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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)