2022 ICD-10-CM Code H47.5

Disorders of other visual pathways

Version 2021

Not Valid for Submission

ICD-10:H47.5
Short Description:Disorders of other visual pathways
Long Description:Disorders of other 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)

H47.5 is a non-specific and non-billable diagnosis code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of disorders of other 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 Disorders of other visual pathways

Non-specific codes like H47.5 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 disorders of other visual pathways:

  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - H47.51 for Disorders of visual pathways in (due to) inflammatory disorders
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H47.511 for Disorders of visual pathways in (due to) inflammatory disorders, right side
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H47.512 for Disorders of visual pathways in (due to) inflammatory disorders, left side
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H47.519 for Disorders of visual pathways in (due to) inflammatory disorders, unspecified side
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - H47.52 for Disorders of visual pathways in (due to) neoplasm
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H47.521 for Disorders of visual pathways in (due to) neoplasm, right side
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H47.522 for Disorders of visual pathways in (due to) neoplasm, left side
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H47.529 for Disorders of visual pathways in (due to) neoplasm, unspecified side
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - H47.53 for Disorders of visual pathways in (due to) vascular disorders
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H47.531 for Disorders of visual pathways in (due to) vascular disorders, right side
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H47.532 for Disorders of visual pathways in (due to) vascular disorders, left side
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H47.539 for Disorders of visual pathways in (due to) vascular disorders, unspecified side

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 coding notes and guidance for inclusions, exclusions, descriptions and more. The following references are applicable to the code H47.5:


Inclusion Terms

Inclusion Terms
These terms are the conditions for which that code is to be used. The terms may be synonyms of the code title, or, in the case of "other specified" codes, the terms are a list of the various conditions assigned to that code. The inclusion terms are not necessarily exhaustive. Additional terms found only in the Alphabetic Index may also be assigned to a code.

Code Also

Code Also
A "code also" note instructs that two codes may be required to fully describe a condition, but this note does not provide sequencing direction.

Information for Patients


Vision Impairment and Blindness

If you have low vision, eyeglasses, contact lenses, medicine, or surgery may not help. Activities like reading, shopping, cooking, writing, and watching TV may be hard to do. The leading causes of low vision and blindness in the United States are age-related eye diseases: macular degeneration, cataract and glaucoma. Other eye disorders, eye injuries, and birth defects can also cause vision loss.

Whatever the cause, lost vision cannot be restored. It can, however, be managed. A loss of vision means that you may have to reorganize your life and learn new ways of doing things. If you have some vision, visual aids such as special glasses and large print books can make life easier. There are also devices to help those with no vision, like text-reading software and braille books.

The sooner vision loss or eye disease is found and treated, the greater your chances of keeping your remaining vision. You should have regular comprehensive eye exams by an eye care professional.

NIH: National Eye Institute


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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)