2022 ICD-10-CM Code H49

Paralytic strabismus

Version 2021

Not Valid for Submission

ICD-10:H49
Short Description:Paralytic strabismus
Long Description:Paralytic strabismus

Code Classification

  • Diseases of the eye and adnexa (H00–H59)
    • Disorders of ocular muscles, binocular movement, accommodation and refraction (H49-H52)
      • Paralytic strabismus (H49)

H49 is a non-specific and non-billable diagnosis code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of paralytic strabismus. 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 Paralytic strabismus

Non-specific codes like H49 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 paralytic strabismus:

  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - H49.0 for Third [oculomotor] nerve palsy
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H49.00 for Third [oculomotor] nerve palsy, unspecified eye
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H49.01 for Third [oculomotor] nerve palsy, right eye
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H49.02 for Third [oculomotor] nerve palsy, left eye
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H49.03 for Third [oculomotor] nerve palsy, bilateral
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - H49.1 for Fourth [trochlear] nerve palsy
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H49.10 for Fourth [trochlear] nerve palsy, unspecified eye
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H49.11 for Fourth [trochlear] nerve palsy, right eye
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H49.12 for Fourth [trochlear] nerve palsy, left eye
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H49.13 for Fourth [trochlear] nerve palsy, bilateral
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - H49.2 for Sixth [abducent] nerve palsy
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H49.20 for Sixth [abducent] nerve palsy, unspecified eye
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H49.21 for Sixth [abducent] nerve palsy, right eye
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H49.22 for Sixth [abducent] nerve palsy, left eye
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H49.23 for Sixth [abducent] nerve palsy, bilateral
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - H49.3 for Total (external) ophthalmoplegia
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H49.30 for Total (external) ophthalmoplegia, unspecified eye
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H49.31 for Total (external) ophthalmoplegia, right eye
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H49.32 for Total (external) ophthalmoplegia, left eye
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H49.33 for Total (external) ophthalmoplegia, bilateral
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - H49.4 for Progressive external ophthalmoplegia
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H49.40 for Progressive external ophthalmoplegia, unspecified eye
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H49.41 for Progressive external ophthalmoplegia, right eye
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H49.42 for Progressive external ophthalmoplegia, left eye
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H49.43 for Progressive external ophthalmoplegia, bilateral
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - H49.8 for Other paralytic strabismus
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - H49.81 for Kearns-Sayre syndrome
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - H49.88 for Other paralytic strabismus
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H49.9 for Unspecified paralytic strabismus

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 H49:


Type 2 Excludes

Type 2 Excludes
A type 2 excludes note represents "Not included here". An excludes2 note indicates that the condition excluded is not part of the condition represented by the code, but a patient may have both conditions at the same time. When an Excludes2 note appears under a code, it is acceptable to use both the code and the excluded code together, when appropriate.

Information for Patients


Eye Movement Disorders

When you look at an object, you're using several muscles to move both eyes to focus on it. If you have a problem with the muscles, the eyes don't work properly.

There are many kinds of eye movement disorders. Two common ones are

Some eye movement disorders are present at birth. Others develop over time and may be associated with other problems, such as injuries. Treatments include glasses, patches, eye muscle exercises, and surgery. There is no cure for some kinds of eye movement disorders, such as most kinds of nystagmus.


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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)