ICD-10-CM Code H54.50

Low vision, one eye, unspecified eye

Version 2021 Billable Code

Valid for Submission

H54.50 is a billable code used to specify a medical diagnosis of low vision, one eye, unspecified eye. The code is valid for the fiscal year 2021 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions. The ICD-10-CM code H54.50 might also be used to specify conditions or terms like after-cataract with vision obscured following extraction of cataract, after-cataract with vision obscured following extraction of cataract, impairment level: low vision of one eye, impairment level: one eye: moderate impairment: other eye: normal vision, impairment level: one eye: moderate impairment: other eye: not specified, impairment level: one eye: near-total impairment: other eye: normal vision, etc

ICD-10:H54.50
Short Description:Low vision, one eye, unspecified eye
Long Description:Low vision, one eye, unspecified 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 H54.50 are found in the index:


Synonyms

The following clinical terms are approximate synonyms or lay terms that might be used to identify the correct diagnosis code:

  • After-cataract with vision obscured following extraction of cataract
  • After-cataract with vision obscured following extraction of cataract
  • Impairment level: low vision of one eye
  • Impairment level: one eye: moderate impairment: other eye: normal vision
  • Impairment level: one eye: moderate impairment: other eye: not specified
  • Impairment level: one eye: near-total impairment: other eye: normal vision
  • Impairment level: one eye: profound impairment: other eye: normal vision
  • Impairment level: one eye: severe impairment: other eye: normal vision
  • Impairment level: one eye: severe impairment: other eye: not specified
  • Lesser eye: moderate visual impairment, Better eye: near normal vision
  • Lesser eye: profound visual impairment, Better eye: normal vision
  • Lesser eye: severe visual impairment, Better eye: near normal vision
  • Lesser eye: severe visual impairment, Better eye: normal vision
  • Low vision, one eye
  • O/E -L-eye counts fingers only
  • Profound impairment, one eye
  • Secondary cataract of left eye with vision obscured
  • Secondary cataract of right eye with vision obscured

Diagnostic Related Groups

The ICD-10 code H54.50 is grouped in the following groups for version MS-DRG V38.0 What are Diagnostic Related Groups?
The Diagnostic Related Groups (DRGs) are a patient classification scheme which provides a means of relating the type of patients a hospital treats. The DRGs divides all possible principal diagnoses into mutually exclusive principal diagnosis areas referred to as Major Diagnostic Categories (MDC).
applicable from 10/01/2020 through 09/30/2021.

  • 124 - OTHER DISORDERS OF THE EYE WITH MCC
  • 125 - OTHER DISORDERS OF THE EYE WITHOUT MCC

Convert H54.50 to ICD-9

  • 369.10 - Blindness/low vision (Approximate Flag)
  • 369.70 - Low vision, one eye (Approximate Flag)
  • 369.71 - One eye-severe/oth-unknw (Approximate Flag)
  • 369.72 - One eye-sev/oth-nr norm (Approximate Flag)
  • 369.73 - One eye-severe/oth-norm (Approximate Flag)
  • 369.74 - One eye-mod/other-unknwn (Approximate Flag)
  • 369.75 - One eye-mod/oth-nr norm (Approximate Flag)
  • 369.76 - One eye-mod/oth normal (Approximate Flag)

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

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