2021 ICD-10-CM Code H49.8

Other paralytic strabismus

Version 2021

Not Valid for Submission

H49.8 is a non-specific and non-billable diagnosis code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of other paralytic strabismus. 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:H49.8
Short Description:Other paralytic strabismus
Long Description:Other paralytic strabismus

Code Classification

Specific Coding for Other paralytic strabismus

Non-specific codes like H49.8 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 other paralytic strabismus:

  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - H49.81 for Kearns-Sayre syndrome
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H49.811 for Kearns-Sayre syndrome, right eye
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H49.812 for Kearns-Sayre syndrome, left eye
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H49.813 for Kearns-Sayre syndrome, bilateral
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H49.819 for Kearns-Sayre syndrome, unspecified eye
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - H49.88 for Other paralytic strabismus
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H49.881 for Other paralytic strabismus, right eye
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H49.882 for Other paralytic strabismus, left eye
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H49.883 for Other paralytic strabismus, bilateral
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H49.889 for Other paralytic strabismus, unspecified eye

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)