2022 ICD-10-CM Code H44.3

Other and unspecified degenerative disorders of globe

Version 2021

Not Valid for Submission

ICD-10:H44.3
Short Description:Other and unspecified degenerative disorders of globe
Long Description:Other and unspecified degenerative disorders of globe

Code Classification

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

H44.3 is a non-specific and non-billable diagnosis code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of other and unspecified degenerative disorders of globe. The code is not specific and is NOT valid for the year 2022 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.

Unspecified diagnosis codes like H44.3 are acceptable when clinical information is unknown or not available about a particular condition. Although a more specific code is preferable, unspecified codes should be used when such codes most accurately reflect what is known about a patient's condition. Specific diagnosis codes should not be used if not supported by the patient's medical record.

Specific Coding for Other and unspecified degenerative disorders of globe

Non-specific codes like H44.3 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 other and unspecified degenerative disorders of globe:

  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H44.30 for Unspecified degenerative disorder of globe
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - H44.31 for Chalcosis
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H44.311 for Chalcosis, right eye
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H44.312 for Chalcosis, left eye
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H44.313 for Chalcosis, bilateral
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H44.319 for Chalcosis, unspecified eye
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - H44.32 for Siderosis of eye
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H44.321 for Siderosis of eye, right eye
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H44.322 for Siderosis of eye, left eye
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H44.323 for Siderosis of eye, bilateral
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H44.329 for Siderosis of eye, unspecified eye
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - H44.39 for Other degenerative disorders of globe
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H44.391 for Other degenerative disorders of globe, right eye
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H44.392 for Other degenerative disorders of globe, left eye
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H44.393 for Other degenerative disorders of globe, bilateral
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H44.399 for Other degenerative disorders of globe, unspecified eye

Information for Patients


Eye Diseases

Some eye problems are minor and don't last long. But some can lead to a permanent loss of vision.

Common eye problems include

Your best defense is to have regular checkups, because eye diseases do not always have symptoms. Early detection and treatment could prevent vision loss. See an eye care professional right away if you have a sudden change in vision, if everything looks dim, or if you see flashes of light. Other symptoms that need quick attention are pain, double vision, fluid coming from the eye, and inflammation.

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)