ICD-10 Diagnosis Code H44.2A2

Degeneratv myopia with choroidal neovascularization, l eye

Diagnosis Code H44.2A2

ICD-10: H44.2A2
Short Description: Degeneratv myopia with choroidal neovascularization, l eye
Long Description: Degenerative myopia with choroidal neovascularization, left eye
This is the 2018 version of the ICD-10-CM diagnosis code H44.2A2

Valid for Submission
The code H44.2A2 is valid for submission for HIPAA-covered transactions.

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

Information for Medical Professionals

Diagnostic Related Groups
The diagnosis code H44.2A2 is grouped in the following Diagnostic Related Group(s) (MS-DRG V35.0)


Convert to ICD-9
  • 360.21 - Progressive high myopia (Combination Flag)
  • 370.60 - Cornea neovasculariz NOS (Combination Flag)

Replacement Code
This code replaces the following previously assigned ICD-10 code(s) listed below:
  • H35.051 - Retinal neovascularization, unspecified, right eye
  • H35.052 - Retinal neovascularization, unspecified, left eye
  • H35.053 - Retinal neovascularization, unspecified, bilateral
  • H35.059 - Retinal neovascularization, unspecified, unspecified eye
  • H44.20 - Degenerative myopia, unspecified eye
  • H44.21 - Degenerative myopia, right eye
  • H44.22 - Degenerative myopia, left eye
  • H44.23 - Degenerative myopia, bilateral

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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ICD-10 Footnotes

General Equivalence Map Definitions
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  • Approximate Flag - The approximate flag is on, indicating that the relationship between the code in the source system and the code in the target system is an approximate equivalent.
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