ICD-10-CM Code H54.0

Blindness, both eyes

Version 2021 Replaced Code Non-Billable Code

Not Valid for Submission

H54.0 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of blindness, both eyes. The code is NOT valid for the year 2021 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.

ICD-10:H54.0
Short Description:Blindness, both eyes
Long Description:Blindness, both eyes

Consider the following ICD-10 codes with a higher level of specificity:

  • H54.0X - ... different category levels
  • H54.0X3 - Blindness right eye, category 3
  • H54.0X33 - Blindness right eye category 3, blindness left eye category 3
  • H54.0X34 - Blindness right eye category 3, blindness left eye category 4
  • H54.0X35 - Blindness right eye category 3, blindness left eye category 5
  • H54.0X4 - Blindness right eye, category 4
  • H54.0X43 - Blindness right eye category 4, blindness left eye category 3
  • H54.0X44 - Blindness right eye category 4, blindness left eye category 4
  • H54.0X45 - Blindness right eye category 4, blindness left eye category 5
  • H54.0X5 - Blindness right eye, category 5
  • H54.0X53 - Blindness right eye category 5, blindness left eye category 3
  • H54.0X54 - Blindness right eye category 5, blindness left eye category 4
  • H54.0X55 - Blindness right eye category 5, blindness left eye category 5

Replaced Code

This code was replaced in the 2021 ICD-10 code set with the code(s) listed below. The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) has published an update to the ICD-10-CM diagnosis codes which became effective October 1, 2020. This code was replaced for the FY 2021 (October 1, 2020 - September 30, 2021).

  • H54.0X33 - Blindness r eye category 3, blindness left eye category 3
  • H54.0X33 - Blindness r eye category 3, blindness left eye category 3
  • H54.0X34 - Blindness r eye category 3, blindness left eye category 4
  • H54.0X34 - Blindness r eye category 3, blindness left eye category 4
  • H54.0X35 - Blindness r eye category 3, blindness left eye category 5
  • H54.0X35 - Blindness r eye category 3, blindness left eye category 5
  • H54.0X43 - Blindness r eye category 4, blindness left eye category 3
  • H54.0X43 - Blindness r eye category 4, blindness left eye category 3
  • H54.0X44 - Blindness r eye category 4, blindness left eye category 4
  • H54.0X44 - Blindness r eye category 4, blindness left eye category 4
  • H54.0X45 - Blindness r eye category 4, blindness left eye category 5
  • H54.0X45 - Blindness r eye category 4, blindness left eye category 5
  • H54.0X53 - Blindness r eye category 5, blindness left eye category 3
  • H54.0X53 - Blindness r eye category 5, blindness left eye category 3
  • H54.0X54 - Blindness r eye category 5, blindness left eye category 4
  • H54.0X54 - Blindness r eye category 5, blindness left eye category 4
  • H54.0X55 - Blindness r eye category 5, blindness left eye category 5
  • H54.0X55 - Blindness r eye category 5, blindness left eye category 5

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 guidance for inclusions, exclusions, descriptions and more. The following references are applicable to the code H54.0:

Inclusion Terms

Inclusion Terms
These terms are the conditions for which that code is to be used. The terms may be synonyms of the code title, or, in the case of "other specified" codes, the terms are a list of the various conditions assigned to that code. The inclusion terms are not necessarily exhaustive. Additional terms found only in the Alphabetic Index may also be assigned to a code.
  • Visual impairment categories 3, 4, 5 in both eyes.

Code Classification

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

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

  • Blindness and vision loss (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Home vision tests (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Living with vision loss (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Vision - night blindness (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Vision problems (Medical Encyclopedia)

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