2021 ICD-10-CM Code H44.5

Degenerated conditions of globe

Version 2021
Non-Billable Code

Not Valid for Submission

H44.5 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable diagnosis code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of degenerated conditions of globe. 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:H44.5
Short Description:Degenerated conditions of globe
Long Description:Degenerated conditions of globe

Code Classification

Specific Coding for Degenerated conditions of globe

Header codes like H44.5 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 degenerated conditions of globe:

  • H44.50 - Unspecified degenerated conditions of globe
  • H44.51 - Absolute glaucoma
  • H44.511 - Absolute glaucoma, right eye
  • H44.512 - Absolute glaucoma, left eye
  • H44.513 - Absolute glaucoma, bilateral
  • H44.519 - Absolute glaucoma, unspecified eye
  • H44.52 - Atrophy of globe
  • H44.521 - Atrophy of globe, right eye
  • H44.522 - Atrophy of globe, left eye
  • H44.523 - Atrophy of globe, bilateral
  • H44.529 - Atrophy of globe, unspecified eye
  • H44.53 - Leucocoria
  • H44.531 - Leucocoria, right eye
  • H44.532 - Leucocoria, left eye
  • H44.533 - Leucocoria, bilateral
  • H44.539 - Leucocoria, 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)