ICD-10-CM Code H47

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

Version 2021 Non-Billable Code

Not Valid for Submission

H47 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable 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 valid for the year 2021 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.

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

Consider the following ICD-10 codes with a higher level of specificity:

  • H47.0 - Disorders of optic nerve, not elsewhere classified
  • H47.01 - Ischemic optic neuropathy
  • H47.011 - Ischemic optic neuropathy, right eye
  • H47.012 - Ischemic optic neuropathy, left eye
  • H47.013 - Ischemic optic neuropathy, bilateral
  • H47.019 - Ischemic optic neuropathy, unspecified eye
  • H47.02 - Hemorrhage in optic nerve sheath
  • H47.021 - Hemorrhage in optic nerve sheath, right eye
  • H47.022 - Hemorrhage in optic nerve sheath, left eye
  • H47.023 - Hemorrhage in optic nerve sheath, bilateral
  • H47.029 - Hemorrhage in optic nerve sheath, unspecified eye
  • H47.03 - Optic nerve hypoplasia
  • H47.031 - Optic nerve hypoplasia, right eye
  • H47.032 - Optic nerve hypoplasia, left eye
  • H47.033 - Optic nerve hypoplasia, bilateral
  • H47.039 - Optic nerve hypoplasia, unspecified eye
  • H47.09 - Other disorders of optic nerve, not elsewhere classified
  • H47.091 - Other disorders of optic nerve, not elsewhere classified, right eye
  • H47.092 - Other disorders of optic nerve, not elsewhere classified, left eye
  • H47.093 - Other disorders of optic nerve, not elsewhere classified, bilateral
  • H47.099 - Other disorders of optic nerve, not elsewhere classified, unspecified eye
  • H47.1 - Papilledema
  • H47.10 - Unspecified papilledema
  • H47.11 - Papilledema associated with increased intracranial pressure
  • H47.12 - Papilledema associated with decreased ocular pressure
  • H47.13 - Papilledema associated with retinal disorder
  • H47.14 - Foster-Kennedy syndrome
  • H47.141 - Foster-Kennedy syndrome, right eye
  • H47.142 - Foster-Kennedy syndrome, left eye
  • H47.143 - Foster-Kennedy syndrome, bilateral
  • H47.149 - Foster-Kennedy syndrome, unspecified eye
  • H47.2 - Optic atrophy
  • H47.20 - Unspecified optic atrophy
  • H47.21 - Primary optic atrophy
  • H47.211 - Primary optic atrophy, right eye
  • H47.212 - Primary optic atrophy, left eye
  • H47.213 - Primary optic atrophy, bilateral
  • H47.219 - Primary optic atrophy, unspecified eye
  • H47.22 - Hereditary optic atrophy
  • H47.23 - Glaucomatous optic atrophy
  • H47.231 - Glaucomatous optic atrophy, right eye
  • H47.232 - Glaucomatous optic atrophy, left eye
  • H47.233 - Glaucomatous optic atrophy, bilateral
  • H47.239 - Glaucomatous optic atrophy, unspecified eye
  • H47.29 - Other optic atrophy
  • H47.291 - Other optic atrophy, right eye
  • H47.292 - Other optic atrophy, left eye
  • H47.293 - Other optic atrophy, bilateral
  • H47.299 - Other optic atrophy, unspecified eye
  • H47.3 - Other disorders of optic disc
  • H47.31 - Coloboma of optic disc
  • H47.311 - Coloboma of optic disc, right eye
  • H47.312 - Coloboma of optic disc, left eye
  • H47.313 - Coloboma of optic disc, bilateral
  • H47.319 - Coloboma of optic disc, unspecified eye
  • H47.32 - Drusen of optic disc
  • H47.321 - Drusen of optic disc, right eye
  • H47.322 - Drusen of optic disc, left eye
  • H47.323 - Drusen of optic disc, bilateral
  • H47.329 - Drusen of optic disc, unspecified eye
  • H47.33 - Pseudopapilledema of optic disc
  • H47.331 - Pseudopapilledema of optic disc, right eye
  • H47.332 - Pseudopapilledema of optic disc, left eye
  • H47.333 - Pseudopapilledema of optic disc, bilateral
  • H47.339 - Pseudopapilledema of optic disc, unspecified eye
  • H47.39 - Other disorders of optic disc
  • H47.391 - Other disorders of optic disc, right eye
  • H47.392 - Other disorders of optic disc, left eye
  • H47.393 - Other disorders of optic disc, bilateral
  • H47.399 - Other disorders of optic disc, unspecified eye
  • H47.4 - Disorders of optic chiasm
  • H47.41 - Disorders of optic chiasm in (due to) inflammatory disorders
  • H47.42 - Disorders of optic chiasm in (due to) neoplasm
  • H47.43 - Disorders of optic chiasm in (due to) vascular disorders
  • H47.49 - Disorders of optic chiasm in (due to) other disorders
  • H47.5 - Disorders of other visual pathways
  • H47.51 - Disorders of visual pathways in (due to) inflammatory disorders
  • H47.511 - Disorders of visual pathways in (due to) inflammatory disorders, right side
  • H47.512 - Disorders of visual pathways in (due to) inflammatory disorders, left side
  • H47.519 - Disorders of visual pathways in (due to) inflammatory disorders, unspecified side
  • H47.52 - Disorders of visual pathways in (due to) neoplasm
  • H47.521 - Disorders of visual pathways in (due to) neoplasm, right side
  • H47.522 - Disorders of visual pathways in (due to) neoplasm, left side
  • H47.529 - Disorders of visual pathways in (due to) neoplasm, unspecified side
  • H47.53 - Disorders of visual pathways in (due to) vascular disorders
  • H47.531 - Disorders of visual pathways in (due to) vascular disorders, right side
  • H47.532 - Disorders of visual pathways in (due to) vascular disorders, left side
  • H47.539 - Disorders of visual pathways in (due to) vascular disorders, unspecified side
  • H47.6 - Disorders of visual cortex
  • H47.61 - Cortical blindness
  • H47.611 - Cortical blindness, right side of brain
  • H47.612 - Cortical blindness, left side of brain
  • H47.619 - Cortical blindness, unspecified side of brain
  • H47.62 - Disorders of visual cortex in (due to) inflammatory disorders
  • H47.621 - Disorders of visual cortex in (due to) inflammatory disorders, right side of brain
  • H47.622 - Disorders of visual cortex in (due to) inflammatory disorders, left side of brain
  • H47.629 - Disorders of visual cortex in (due to) inflammatory disorders, unspecified side of brain
  • H47.63 - Disorders of visual cortex in (due to) neoplasm
  • H47.631 - Disorders of visual cortex in (due to) neoplasm, right side of brain
  • H47.632 - Disorders of visual cortex in (due to) neoplasm, left side of brain
  • H47.639 - Disorders of visual cortex in (due to) neoplasm, unspecified side of brain
  • H47.64 - Disorders of visual cortex in (due to) vascular disorders
  • H47.641 - Disorders of visual cortex in (due to) vascular disorders, right side of brain
  • H47.642 - Disorders of visual cortex in (due to) vascular disorders, left side of brain
  • H47.649 - Disorders of visual cortex in (due to) vascular disorders, unspecified side of brain
  • H47.9 - Unspecified disorder of 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)

Code History

  • FY 2016 - New Code, effective from 10/1/2015 through 9/30/2016
    (First year ICD-10-CM implemented into the HIPAA code set)
  • FY 2017 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2016 through 9/30/2017
  • FY 2018 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2017 through 9/30/2018
  • FY 2019 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2018 through 9/30/2019
  • FY 2020 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2019 through 9/30/2020
  • FY 2021 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2020 through 9/30/2021

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:

  • Glaucoma is a group of diseases that are the leading cause of blindness in the United States. Glaucoma usually happens when the fluid pressure inside the eyes slowly rises and damages the optic nerve.
  • Optic neuritis is an inflammation of the optic nerve. Causes include infections and immune-related illnesses such as multiple sclerosis. Sometimes the cause is unknown.
  • Optic nerve atrophy is damage to the optic nerve. Causes include poor blood flow to the eye, disease, trauma, or exposure to toxic substances.
  • Optic nerve head drusen are pockets of protein and calcium salts that build up in the optic nerve over time

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.

  • Optic glioma (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Optic nerve atrophy (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Optic neuritis (Medical Encyclopedia)

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