2022 ICD-10-CM Code H53.0

Amblyopia ex anopsia

Version 2021

Not Valid for Submission

ICD-10:H53.0
Short Description:Amblyopia ex anopsia
Long Description:Amblyopia ex anopsia

Code Classification

  • Diseases of the eye and adnexa (H00–H59)
    • Visual disturbances and blindness (H53-H54)
      • Visual disturbances (H53)

H53.0 is a non-specific and non-billable diagnosis code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of amblyopia ex anopsia. 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 Amblyopia ex anopsia

Non-specific codes like H53.0 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 amblyopia ex anopsia:

  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - H53.00 for Unspecified amblyopia
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H53.001 for Unspecified amblyopia, right eye
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H53.002 for Unspecified amblyopia, left eye
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H53.003 for Unspecified amblyopia, bilateral
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H53.009 for Unspecified amblyopia, unspecified eye
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - H53.01 for Deprivation amblyopia
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H53.011 for Deprivation amblyopia, right eye
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H53.012 for Deprivation amblyopia, left eye
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H53.013 for Deprivation amblyopia, bilateral
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H53.019 for Deprivation amblyopia, unspecified eye
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - H53.02 for Refractive amblyopia
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H53.021 for Refractive amblyopia, right eye
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H53.022 for Refractive amblyopia, left eye
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H53.023 for Refractive amblyopia, bilateral
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H53.029 for Refractive amblyopia, unspecified eye
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - H53.03 for Strabismic amblyopia
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H53.031 for Strabismic amblyopia, right eye
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H53.032 for Strabismic amblyopia, left eye
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H53.033 for Strabismic amblyopia, bilateral
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H53.039 for Strabismic amblyopia, unspecified eye
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - H53.04 for Amblyopia suspect
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H53.041 for Amblyopia suspect, right eye
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H53.042 for Amblyopia suspect, left eye
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H53.043 for Amblyopia suspect, bilateral
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H53.049 for Amblyopia suspect, unspecified eye

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 H53.0:


Type 1 Excludes

Type 1 Excludes
A type 1 excludes note is a pure excludes note. It means "NOT CODED HERE!" An Excludes1 note indicates that the code excluded should never be used at the same time as the code above the Excludes1 note. An Excludes1 is used when two conditions cannot occur together, such as a congenital form versus an acquired form of the same condition.

Information for Patients


Amblyopia

Amblyopia, or "lazy eye," is the most common cause of visual impairment in children. It happens when an eye fails to work properly with the brain. The eye may look normal, but the brain favors the other eye. In some cases, it can affect both eyes. Causes include

It can be hard to diagnose amblyopia. It is often found during a routine vision exam.

Treatment for amblyopia forces the child to use the eye with weaker vision. There are two common ways to do this. One is to have the child wear a patch over the good eye for several hours each day, over a number of weeks to months. The other is with eye drops that temporarily blur vision. Each day, the child gets a drop of a drug called atropine in the stronger eye. It is also sometimes necessary to treat the underlying cause. This could include glasses or surgery.

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)