Valid for Submission
H54.40 is a billable diagnosis code used to specify a medical diagnosis of blindness, one eye, unspecified eye. The code H54.40 is valid during the fiscal year 2021 from October 01, 2020 through September 30, 2021 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.
The ICD-10-CM code H54.40 might also be used to specify conditions or terms like blind hypertensive eye, blind left eye, blindness of one eye, impairment level: one eye: total impairment: other eye: normal vision, impairment level: one eye: total impairment: other eye: not specified , lesser eye: total visual impairment, better eye: normal vision, etc.
Unspecified diagnosis codes like H54.40 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 H54.40 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:
- Blind hypertensive eye
- Blind left eye
- Blindness of one eye
- Impairment level: one eye: total impairment: other eye: normal vision
- Impairment level: one eye: total impairment: other eye: not specified
- Lesser eye: total visual impairment, Better eye: normal vision
- O/E - L-eye completely blind
- Pain in eye
- Painful blind eye
- Profound impairment, one eye
Diagnostic Related Groups - MS-DRG Mapping
Convert H54.40 to ICD-9 Code
The General Equivalency Mapping (GEM) crosswalk indicates an approximate mapping between the ICD-10 code H54.40 its ICD-9 equivalent. The approximate mapping means there is not an exact match between the ICD-10 code and the ICD-9 code and the mapped code is not a precise representation of the original code.
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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