ICD-10 Diagnosis Code H53.149

Visual discomfort, unspecified

Diagnosis Code H53.149

ICD-10: H53.149
Short Description: Visual discomfort, unspecified
Long Description: Visual discomfort, unspecified
This is the 2018 version of the ICD-10-CM diagnosis code H53.149

Valid for Submission
The code H53.149 is valid for submission for HIPAA-covered transactions.

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

Information for Medical Professionals

Diagnostic Related Groups
The diagnosis code H53.149 is grouped in the following Diagnostic Related Group(s) (MS-DRG V34.0)


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  • Accommodative asthenopia
  • Cutaneous syndrome with ichthyosis
  • Eye strain
  • Eye strain
  • Eye strain
  • Eyes sensitive to light
  • Eyes tire easily
  • Finding of general reaction to light
  • Ichthyosis follicularis with alopecia and photophobia
  • Muscular asthenopia
  • Nervous asthenopia
  • Pain in eye
  • Photophobia
  • Visual discomfort

Information for Patients

Vision Impairment and Blindness

Also called: Low vision

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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  • Living with vision loss (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Vision - night blindness (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Vision problems (Medical Encyclopedia)

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