2022 ICD-10-CM Code H47.03

Optic nerve hypoplasia

Version 2021

Not Valid for Submission

ICD-10:H47.03
Short Description:Optic nerve hypoplasia
Long Description:Optic nerve hypoplasia

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)

H47.03 is a non-specific and non-billable diagnosis code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of optic nerve hypoplasia. 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 Optic nerve hypoplasia

Non-specific codes like H47.03 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 optic nerve hypoplasia:

  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H47.031 for Optic nerve hypoplasia, right eye
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H47.032 for Optic nerve hypoplasia, left eye
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H47.033 for Optic nerve hypoplasia, bilateral
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H47.039 for Optic nerve hypoplasia, unspecified eye

Index to Diseases and Injuries

The Index to Diseases and Injuries is an alphabetical listing of medical terms, with each term mapped to one or more ICD-10 code(s). The following references for the code H47.03 are found in the index:

Clinical Information

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)