ICD-10-CM Code H54.42

Blindness, left eye, normal vision right eye

Version 2021 Replaced Code Non-Billable Code

Not Valid for Submission

H54.42 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of blindness, left eye, normal vision right eye. The code is NOT valid for the year 2021 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.

ICD-10:H54.42
Short Description:Blindness, left eye, normal vision right eye
Long Description:Blindness, left eye, normal vision right eye

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

  • H54.42A - Blindness, left eye, category 3-5
  • H54.42A3 - Blindness left eye category 3, normal vision right eye
  • H54.42A4 - Blindness left eye category 4, normal vision right eye
  • H54.42A5 - Blindness left eye category 5, normal vision right eye

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).

  • H54.42A3 - Blindness left eye category 3, normal vision right eye
  • H54.42A3 - Blindness left eye category 3, normal vision right eye
  • H54.42A4 - Blindness left eye category 4, normal vision right eye
  • H54.42A4 - Blindness left eye category 4, normal vision right eye
  • H54.42A5 - Blindness left eye category 5, normal vision right eye
  • H54.42A5 - Blindness left eye category 5, normal vision right eye

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 H54.42 are found in the index:


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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