Valid for Submission
H53.9 is a billable diagnosis code used to specify a medical diagnosis of unspecified visual disturbance. The code H53.9 is valid during the fiscal year 2022 from October 01, 2021 through September 30, 2022 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.
The ICD-10-CM code H53.9 might also be used to specify conditions or terms like abnormal vision as a late effect of cerebrovascular disease, congenital corneal opacity, congenital corneal opacity interfering with vision, congenital corneal opacity with visual deficit, deafness-dystonia-optic neuronopathy syndrome , disorder of vision, etc.
Unspecified diagnosis codes like H53.9 are acceptable when clinical information is unknown or not available about a particular condition. Although a more specific code is preferable, unspecified codes should be used when such codes most accurately reflect what is known about a patient's condition. Specific diagnosis codes should not be used if not supported by the patient's medical record.
Index to Diseases and Injuries
The Index to Diseases and Injuries is an alphabetical listing of medical terms, with each term mapped to one or more ICD-10 code(s). The following references for the code H53.9 are found in the index:
The following clinical terms are approximate synonyms or lay terms that might be used to identify the correct diagnosis code:
- Abnormal vision as a late effect of cerebrovascular disease
- Congenital corneal opacity
- Congenital corneal opacity interfering with vision
- Congenital corneal opacity with visual deficit
- Deafness-dystonia-optic neuronopathy syndrome
- Disorder of vision
- Dissociative neurological symptom disorder with visual symptom
- Functional vision problem
- Higher-order wavefront aberration
- Interference with vision
- Visual alteration
- Visual disturbance
- Visual disturbance as sequela of cerebrovascular disease
- Visual symptoms
- Wavefront aberration
Diagnostic Related Groups - MS-DRG Mapping
|MS-DRG||MS-DRG Title||MCD||Relative Weight|
|124||OTHER DISORDERS OF THE EYE WITH MCC||02||1.3988|
|125||OTHER DISORDERS OF THE EYE WITHOUT MCC||02||0.8354|
The relative weight of a diagnostic related group determines the reimbursement rate based on the severity of a patient's illness and the associated cost of care during hospitalization.
Convert H53.9 to ICD-9 Code
Information for Patients
Vision Impairment and Blindness
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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