2022 ICD-10-CM Code H54.0

Blindness, both eyes

Version 2021

Not Valid for Submission

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

Code Classification

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

H54.0 is a non-specific and non-billable diagnosis code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of blindness, both eyes. The code is not specific and is NOT valid for the year 2022 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.

Specific Coding for Blindness, both eyes

Non-specific codes like H54.0 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 blindness, both eyes:

  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - H54.0X for Blindness, both eyes, different category levels
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - H54.0X3 for Blindness right eye, category 3
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H54.0X33 for blindness left eye category 3
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H54.0X34 for blindness left eye category 4
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H54.0X35 for blindness left eye category 5
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - H54.0X4 for Blindness right eye, category 4
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H54.0X43 for blindness left eye category 3
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H54.0X44 for blindness left eye category 4
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H54.0X45 for blindness left eye category 5
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - H54.0X5 for Blindness right eye, category 5
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H54.0X53 for blindness left eye category 3
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H54.0X54 for blindness left eye category 4
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H54.0X55 for 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 coding notes and guidance for inclusions, exclusions, descriptions and more. The following references are applicable to the code H54.0:


Inclusion Terms

Inclusion Terms
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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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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)