2021 ICD-10-CM Code H44.6

Retained (old) intraocular foreign body, magnetic

Version 2021
Non-Billable Code

Not Valid for Submission

H44.6 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable diagnosis code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of retained (old) intraocular foreign body, magnetic. 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:H44.6
Short Description:Retained (old) intraocular foreign body, magnetic
Long Description:Retained (old) intraocular foreign body, magnetic

Code Classification

Specific Coding for Retained (old) intraocular foreign body, magnetic

Header codes like H44.6 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 retained (old) intraocular foreign body, magnetic:

  • H44.60 - Unspecified retained (old) intraocular foreign body, magnetic
  • H44.601 - Unspecified retained (old) intraocular foreign body, magnetic, right eye
  • H44.602 - Unspecified retained (old) intraocular foreign body, magnetic, left eye
  • H44.603 - Unspecified retained (old) intraocular foreign body, magnetic, bilateral
  • H44.609 - Unspecified retained (old) intraocular foreign body, magnetic, unspecified eye
  • H44.61 - Retained (old) magnetic foreign body in anterior chamber
  • H44.611 - Retained (old) magnetic foreign body in anterior chamber, right eye
  • H44.612 - Retained (old) magnetic foreign body in anterior chamber, left eye
  • H44.613 - Retained (old) magnetic foreign body in anterior chamber, bilateral
  • H44.619 - Retained (old) magnetic foreign body in anterior chamber, unspecified eye
  • H44.62 - Retained (old) magnetic foreign body in iris or ciliary body
  • H44.621 - Retained (old) magnetic foreign body in iris or ciliary body, right eye
  • H44.622 - Retained (old) magnetic foreign body in iris or ciliary body, left eye
  • H44.623 - Retained (old) magnetic foreign body in iris or ciliary body, bilateral
  • H44.629 - Retained (old) magnetic foreign body in iris or ciliary body, unspecified eye
  • H44.63 - Retained (old) magnetic foreign body in lens
  • H44.631 - Retained (old) magnetic foreign body in lens, right eye
  • H44.632 - Retained (old) magnetic foreign body in lens, left eye
  • H44.633 - Retained (old) magnetic foreign body in lens, bilateral
  • H44.639 - Retained (old) magnetic foreign body in lens, unspecified eye
  • H44.64 - Retained (old) magnetic foreign body in posterior wall of globe
  • H44.641 - Retained (old) magnetic foreign body in posterior wall of globe, right eye
  • H44.642 - Retained (old) magnetic foreign body in posterior wall of globe, left eye
  • H44.643 - Retained (old) magnetic foreign body in posterior wall of globe, bilateral
  • H44.649 - Retained (old) magnetic foreign body in posterior wall of globe, unspecified eye
  • H44.65 - Retained (old) magnetic foreign body in vitreous body
  • H44.651 - Retained (old) magnetic foreign body in vitreous body, right eye
  • H44.652 - Retained (old) magnetic foreign body in vitreous body, left eye
  • H44.653 - Retained (old) magnetic foreign body in vitreous body, bilateral
  • H44.659 - Retained (old) magnetic foreign body in vitreous body, unspecified eye
  • H44.69 - ... in other or multiple sites
  • H44.691 - ... in other or multiple sites, right eye
  • H44.692 - ... in other or multiple sites, left eye
  • H44.693 - ... in other or multiple sites, bilateral
  • H44.699 - ... in other or multiple sites, unspecified eye

Tabular List of Diseases and Injuries

The Tabular List of Diseases and Injuries is a list of ICD-10 codes, organized "head to toe" into chapters and sections with guidance for inclusions, exclusions, descriptions and more. The following references are applicable to the code H44.6:


Use Additional Code

Use Additional Code
The “use additional code” indicates that a secondary code could be used to further specify the patient’s condition. This note is not mandatory and is only used if enough information is available to assign an additional code.

Type 1 Excludes

Type 1 Excludes
A type 1 excludes note is a pure excludes note. It means "NOT CODED HERE!" An Excludes1 note indicates that the code excluded should never be used at the same time as the code above the Excludes1 note. An Excludes1 is used when two conditions cannot occur together, such as a congenital form versus an acquired form of the same condition.

Type 2 Excludes

Type 2 Excludes
A type 2 excludes note represents "Not included here". An excludes2 note indicates that the condition excluded is not part of the condition represented by the code, but a patient may have both conditions at the same time. When an Excludes2 note appears under a code, it is acceptable to use both the code and the excluded code together, when appropriate.

Information for Patients


Eye Injuries

The structure of your face helps protect your eyes from injury. Still, injuries can damage your eye, sometimes severely enough that you could lose your vision. Most eye injuries are preventable. If you play sports or work in certain jobs, you may need protection.

The most common type of injury happens when something irritates the outer surface of your eye. Certain jobs such as industrial jobs or hobbies such as carpentry make this type of injury more likely. It's also more likely if you wear contact lenses.

Chemicals or heat can burn your eyes. With chemicals, the pain may cause you to close your eyes. This traps the irritant next to the eye and may cause more damage. You should wash out your eye right away while you wait for medical help.


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Foreign Bodies

If you've ever gotten a splinter or had sand in your eye, you've had experience with a foreign body. A foreign body is something that is stuck inside you but isn't supposed to be there. You may inhale or swallow a foreign body, or you may get one from an injury to almost any part of your body. Foreign bodies are more common in small children, who sometimes stick things in their mouths, ears, and noses.

Some foreign bodies, like a small splinter, do not cause serious harm. Inhaled or swallowed foreign bodies may cause choking or bowel obstruction and may require medical care.


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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)