2021 ICD-10-CM Code H47.2

Optic atrophy

Version 2021

Not Valid for Submission

H47.2 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 atrophy. The code is not specific and 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:H47.2
Short Description:Optic atrophy
Long Description:Optic atrophy

Code Classification

Specific Coding for Optic atrophy

Non-specific codes like H47.2 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 atrophy:

  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H47.20 for Unspecified optic atrophy
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - H47.21 for Primary optic atrophy
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H47.211 for Primary optic atrophy, right eye
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H47.212 for Primary optic atrophy, left eye
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H47.213 for Primary optic atrophy, bilateral
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H47.219 for Primary optic atrophy, unspecified eye
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H47.22 for Hereditary optic atrophy
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - H47.23 for Glaucomatous optic atrophy
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H47.231 for Glaucomatous optic atrophy, right eye
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H47.232 for Glaucomatous optic atrophy, left eye
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H47.233 for Glaucomatous optic atrophy, bilateral
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H47.239 for Glaucomatous optic atrophy, unspecified eye
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - H47.29 for Other optic atrophy
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H47.291 for Other optic atrophy, right eye
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H47.292 for Other optic atrophy, left eye
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H47.293 for Other optic atrophy, bilateral
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H47.299 for Other optic atrophy, unspecified eye

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)