2021 ICD-10-CM Code H53.4

Visual field defects

Version 2021

Not Valid for Submission

H53.4 is a non-specific and non-billable diagnosis code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of visual field defects. 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:H53.4
Short Description:Visual field defects
Long Description:Visual field defects

Code Classification

Specific Coding for Visual field defects

Non-specific codes like H53.4 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 visual field defects:

  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H53.40 for Unspecified visual field defects
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - H53.41 for Scotoma involving central area
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H53.411 for Scotoma involving central area, right eye
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H53.412 for Scotoma involving central area, left eye
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H53.413 for Scotoma involving central area, bilateral
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H53.419 for Scotoma involving central area, unspecified eye
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - H53.42 for Scotoma of blind spot area
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H53.421 for Scotoma of blind spot area, right eye
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H53.422 for Scotoma of blind spot area, left eye
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H53.423 for Scotoma of blind spot area, bilateral
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H53.429 for Scotoma of blind spot area, unspecified eye
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - H53.43 for Sector or arcuate defects
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H53.431 for Sector or arcuate defects, right eye
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H53.432 for Sector or arcuate defects, left eye
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H53.433 for Sector or arcuate defects, bilateral
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H53.439 for Sector or arcuate defects, unspecified eye
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - H53.45 for Other localized visual field defect
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H53.451 for Other localized visual field defect, right eye
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H53.452 for Other localized visual field defect, left eye
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H53.453 for Other localized visual field defect, bilateral
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H53.459 for Other localized visual field defect, unspecified eye
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - H53.46 for Homonymous bilateral field defects
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H53.461 for Homonymous bilateral field defects, right side
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H53.462 for Homonymous bilateral field defects, left side
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H53.469 for Homonymous bilateral field defects, unspecified side
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H53.47 for Heteronymous bilateral field defects
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - H53.48 for Generalized contraction of visual field
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H53.481 for Generalized contraction of visual field, right eye
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H53.482 for Generalized contraction of visual field, left eye
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H53.483 for Generalized contraction of visual field, bilateral
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H53.489 for Generalized contraction of visual field, unspecified eye

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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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)