ICD-10-CM Code H53.459

Other localized visual field defect, unspecified eye

Version 2021 Billable Code

Valid for Submission

H53.459 is a billable code used to specify a medical diagnosis of other localized visual field defect, unspecified eye. The code is valid for the fiscal year 2021 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions. The ICD-10-CM code H53.459 might also be used to specify conditions or terms like absolute scotoma, central blindness, central island of vision, concentric fading of visual field, concentric visual field constriction, decreased peripheral vision, etc

Short Description:Other localized visual field defect, unspecified eye
Long Description:Other localized visual field defect, unspecified eye


The following clinical terms are approximate synonyms or lay terms that might be used to identify the correct diagnosis code:

  • Absolute scotoma
  • Central blindness
  • Central island of vision
  • Concentric fading of visual field
  • Concentric visual field constriction
  • Decreased peripheral vision
  • Isolated peripheral scotoma
  • Lights or colors in visual field
  • Local peripheral scotoma
  • Localized visual field defect
  • Nasal step visual field defect
  • Peripheral ring scotoma
  • Peripheral scotoma
  • Physiologic scotoma
  • Relative scotoma
  • Ring scotoma
  • Shapes in visual field
  • Tunnel visual field constriction
  • Visual field constriction

Convert H53.459 to ICD-9

  • 368.44 - Visual field defect NEC (Approximate Flag)

Code Classification

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

Code History

  • FY 2016 - New Code, effective from 10/1/2015 through 9/30/2016
    (First year ICD-10-CM implemented into the HIPAA code set)
  • FY 2017 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2016 through 9/30/2017
  • FY 2018 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2017 through 9/30/2018
  • FY 2019 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2018 through 9/30/2019
  • FY 2020 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2019 through 9/30/2020
  • FY 2021 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2020 through 9/30/2021

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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