2021 ICD-10-CM Code H44.23

Degenerative myopia, bilateral

Version 2021
Replaced Code
Billable Code
MS-DRG Mapping

Valid for Submission

H44.23 is a billable diagnosis code used to specify a medical diagnosis of degenerative myopia, bilateral. The code H44.23 is valid during the fiscal year 2021 from October 01, 2020 through September 30, 2021 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.

The ICD-10-CM code H44.23 might also be used to specify conditions or terms like bilateral degenerative progressive high myopia of eyes, bilateral myopia of eyes, degenerative progressive high myopia, degenerative progressive high myopia of left eye, degenerative progressive high myopia of right eye , myopia of left eye, etc.

ICD-10:H44.23
Short Description:Degenerative myopia, bilateral
Long Description:Degenerative myopia, bilateral

Code Classification

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 H44.23 are found in the index:

Approximate Synonyms

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

Convert H44.23 to ICD-9 Code

The General Equivalency Mapping (GEM) crosswalk indicates an approximate mapping between the ICD-10 code H44.23 its ICD-9 equivalent. The approximate mapping means there is not an exact match between the ICD-10 code and the ICD-9 code and the mapped code is not a precise representation of the original code.

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)