ICD-10-CM Code H44.20

Degenerative myopia, unspecified eye

Version 2021 Replaced Code Billable Code

Valid for Submission

H44.20 is a billable code used to specify a medical diagnosis of degenerative myopia, unspecified eye. The code is valid for the fiscal year 2021 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions. The ICD-10-CM code H44.20 might also be used to specify conditions or terms like forster-fuchs' spot.

ICD-10:H44.20
Short Description:Degenerative myopia, unspecified eye
Long Description:Degenerative myopia, unspecified eye

Replaced Code

This code was replaced in the 2021 ICD-10 code set with the code(s) listed below. The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) has published an update to the ICD-10-CM diagnosis codes which became effective October 1, 2020. This code was replaced for the FY 2021 (October 1, 2020 - September 30, 2021).

  • H44.2A1 - Degeneratv myopia with choroidal neovascularization, r eye
  • H44.2A1 - Degeneratv myopia with choroidal neovascularization, r eye
  • H44.2A2 - Degeneratv myopia with choroidal neovascularization, l eye
  • H44.2A2 - Degeneratv myopia with choroidal neovascularization, l eye
  • H44.2A3 - Degeneratv myopia with choroidal neovascularization, bi eye
  • H44.2A3 - Degeneratv myopia with choroidal neovascularization, bi eye
  • H44.2A9 - Degenerative myopia with choroidal neovascularization, unsp
  • H44.2A9 - Degenerative myopia with choroidal neovascularization, unsp
  • H44.2B1 - Degenerative myopia with macular hole, right eye
  • H44.2B1 - Degenerative myopia with macular hole, right eye
  • H44.2B2 - Degenerative myopia with macular hole, left eye
  • H44.2B2 - Degenerative myopia with macular hole, left eye
  • H44.2B3 - Degenerative myopia with macular hole, bilateral eye
  • H44.2B3 - Degenerative myopia with macular hole, bilateral eye
  • H44.2B9 - Degenerative myopia with macular hole, unspecified eye
  • H44.2B9 - Degenerative myopia with macular hole, unspecified eye
  • H44.2C1 - Degenerative myopia with retinal detachment, right eye
  • H44.2C1 - Degenerative myopia with retinal detachment, right eye
  • H44.2C2 - Degenerative myopia with retinal detachment, left eye
  • H44.2C2 - Degenerative myopia with retinal detachment, left eye
  • H44.2C3 - Degenerative myopia with retinal detachment, bilateral eye
  • H44.2C3 - Degenerative myopia with retinal detachment, bilateral eye
  • H44.2C9 - Degenerative myopia with retinal detachment, unspecified eye
  • H44.2C9 - Degenerative myopia with retinal detachment, unspecified eye
  • H44.2D1 - Degenerative myopia with foveoschisis, right eye
  • H44.2D1 - Degenerative myopia with foveoschisis, right eye
  • H44.2D2 - Degenerative myopia with foveoschisis, left eye
  • H44.2D2 - Degenerative myopia with foveoschisis, left eye
  • H44.2D3 - Degenerative myopia with foveoschisis, bilateral eye
  • H44.2D3 - Degenerative myopia with foveoschisis, bilateral eye
  • H44.2D9 - Degenerative myopia with foveoschisis, unspecified eye
  • H44.2D9 - Degenerative myopia with foveoschisis, unspecified eye
  • H44.2E1 - Degenerative myopia with other maculopathy, right eye
  • H44.2E1 - Degenerative myopia with other maculopathy, right eye
  • H44.2E2 - Degenerative myopia with other maculopathy, left eye
  • H44.2E2 - Degenerative myopia with other maculopathy, left eye
  • H44.2E3 - Degenerative myopia with other maculopathy, bilateral eye
  • H44.2E3 - Degenerative myopia with other maculopathy, bilateral eye
  • H44.2E9 - Degenerative myopia with other maculopathy, unspecified eye
  • H44.2E9 - Degenerative myopia with other maculopathy, unspecified eye

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 H44.20 are found in the index:


Synonyms

The following clinical terms are approximate synonyms or lay terms that might be used to identify the correct diagnosis code:

  • Forster-Fuchs' spot

Diagnostic Related Groups

The ICD-10 code H44.20 is grouped in the following groups for version MS-DRG V38.0 What are Diagnostic Related Groups?
The Diagnostic Related Groups (DRGs) are a patient classification scheme which provides a means of relating the type of patients a hospital treats. The DRGs divides all possible principal diagnoses into mutually exclusive principal diagnosis areas referred to as Major Diagnostic Categories (MDC).
applicable from 10/01/2020 through 09/30/2021.

  • 124 - OTHER DISORDERS OF THE EYE WITH MCC
  • 125 - OTHER DISORDERS OF THE EYE WITHOUT MCC

Convert H44.20 to ICD-9

  • 360.21 - Progressive high myopia (Approximate Flag)

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
  • FY 2021 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2020 through 9/30/2021

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

  • 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

  • Astigmatism (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Facts about Presbyopia - NIH (National Eye Institute)
  • Farsightedness (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Nearsightedness (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Presbyopia (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Refraction test (Medical Encyclopedia)

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