2022 ICD-10-CM Code H47

Other disorders of optic [2nd] nerve and visual pathways

Version 2021

Not Valid for Submission

ICD-10:H47
Short Description:Other disorders of optic [2nd] nerve and visual pathways
Long Description:Other disorders of optic [2nd] nerve and visual pathways

Code Classification

  • Diseases of the eye and adnexa (H00–H59)
    • Disorders of optic nerve and visual pathways (H46-H47)
      • Other disorders of optic [2nd] nerve and visual pathways (H47)

H47 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 disorders of optic [2nd] nerve and visual pathways. 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 Other disorders of optic [2nd] nerve and visual pathways

Non-specific codes like H47 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 disorders of optic [2nd] nerve and visual pathways:

  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - H47.0 for Disorders of optic nerve, not elsewhere classified
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - H47.01 for Ischemic optic neuropathy
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - H47.02 for Hemorrhage in optic nerve sheath
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - H47.03 for Optic nerve hypoplasia
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - H47.09 for Other disorders of optic nerve, not elsewhere classified
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - H47.1 for Papilledema
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H47.10 for Unspecified papilledema
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H47.11 for Papilledema associated with increased intracranial pressure
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H47.12 for Papilledema associated with decreased ocular pressure
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H47.13 for Papilledema associated with retinal disorder
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - H47.14 for Foster-Kennedy syndrome
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - H47.2 for Optic atrophy
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H47.20 for Unspecified optic atrophy
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - H47.21 for Primary optic atrophy
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H47.22 for Hereditary optic atrophy
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - H47.23 for Glaucomatous optic atrophy
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - H47.29 for Other optic atrophy
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - H47.3 for Other disorders of optic disc
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - H47.31 for Coloboma of optic disc
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - H47.32 for Drusen of optic disc
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - H47.33 for Pseudopapilledema of optic disc
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - H47.39 for Other disorders of optic disc
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - H47.4 for Disorders of optic chiasm
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H47.41 for Disorders of optic chiasm in (due to) inflammatory disorders
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H47.42 for Disorders of optic chiasm in (due to) neoplasm
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H47.43 for Disorders of optic chiasm in (due to) vascular disorders
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H47.49 for Disorders of optic chiasm in (due to) other disorders
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - H47.5 for Disorders of other visual pathways
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - H47.51 for Disorders of visual pathways in (due to) inflammatory disorders
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - H47.52 for Disorders of visual pathways in (due to) neoplasm
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - H47.53 for Disorders of visual pathways in (due to) vascular disorders
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - H47.6 for Disorders of visual cortex
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - H47.61 for Cortical blindness
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - H47.62 for Disorders of visual cortex in (due to) inflammatory disorders
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - H47.63 for Disorders of visual cortex in (due to) neoplasm
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - H47.64 for Disorders of visual cortex in (due to) vascular disorders
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H47.9 for Unspecified disorder of visual pathways

Information for Patients


Optic Nerve Disorders

The optic nerve is a bundle of more than 1 million nerve fibers that carry visual messages. You have one connecting the back of each eye (your retina) to your brain. Damage to an optic nerve can cause vision loss. The type of vision loss and how severe it is depends on where the damage occurs. It may affect one or both eyes.

There are many different types of optic nerve disorders, including:

Contact your health care provider if you are having vision problems. Tests for optic nerve disorders may include eye exams, ophthalmoscopy (an examination of the back of your eye), and imaging tests. Treatment depends on which disorder that you have. With some optic nerve disorders, you may get your vision back. With others, there is no treatment, or treatment may only prevent further vision loss.


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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)