2022 ICD-10-CM Code H44.5

Degenerated conditions of globe

Version 2021

Not Valid for Submission

ICD-10:H44.5
Short Description:Degenerated conditions of globe
Long Description:Degenerated conditions of globe

Code Classification

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

H44.5 is a non-specific 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 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.

Specific Coding for Degenerated conditions of globe

Non-specific 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:

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