ICD-10 Diagnosis Code H54.7

Unspecified visual loss

Diagnosis Code H54.7

ICD-10: H54.7
Short Description: Unspecified visual loss
Long Description: Unspecified visual loss
This is the 2019 version of the ICD-10-CM diagnosis code H54.7

Valid for Submission
The code H54.7 is valid for submission for HIPAA-covered transactions.

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

Information for Medical Professionals

Code Edits
The following edits are applicable to this code:
Unacceptable principal diagnosis - There are selected codes that describe a circumstance which influences an individual’s health status but not a current illness or injury, or codes that are not specific manifestations but may be due to an underlying cause. These codes are considered unacceptable as a principal diagnosis.

Diagnostic Related Groups
The diagnosis code H54.7 is grouped in the following Diagnostic Related Group(s) (MS-DRG V35.0)


Convert to ICD-9
  • 369.9 - Visual loss NOS (Approximate Flag)
  • V41.0 - Problems with sight (Approximate Flag)

  • 1/24
  • 1/36
  • 20/120
  • 20/1200
  • 20/400
  • 3/12
  • 3/18
  • 3/24
  • 3/36
  • 3/4
  • 3/6
  • 3/9
  • 6/45
  • Abnormal vision
  • Acquired blindness
  • After-cataract with vision obscured
  • Amaurosis
  • Amaurosis hypertrichosis syndrome
  • Angiomatous nevus impairing vision
  • Angiomatous nevus with complication
  • Arts syndrome
  • Better eye: low vision, Lesser eye: profound visual impairment
  • Better eye: moderate visual impairment, Lesser eye: moderate visual impairment
  • Better eye: moderate visual impairment, Lesser eye: profound visual impairment
  • Better eye: moderate visual impairment, Lesser eye: severe visual impairment
  • Better eye: near total visual impairment, Lesser eye: near total visual impairment
  • Better eye: profound visual impairment, Lesser eye: profound visual impairment
  • Better eye: severe visual impairment, Lesser eye: profound visual impairment
  • Better eye: severe visual impairment, Lesser eye: severe visual impairment
  • Bilateral moderate to severe visual impairment
  • Bilateral visual impairment
  • Blind right eye
  • Blindness - both eyes
  • Blindness AND/OR vision impairment level
  • Blindness, scoliosis, arachnodactyly syndrome
  • Central visual impairment
  • Combined visual and hearing impairment
  • Congenital blindness
  • Congenital hypertrichosis
  • Cortical visual impairment
  • Counts fingers - 1/2 meter
  • Counts fingers - 1/3 meter
  • Counts fingers - distance vision
  • Counts fingers - distance vision
  • Deaf blind hypopigmentation syndrome Yemenite type
  • Dependence on seeing eye dog
  • Difficulty seeing small print
  • Dim vision
  • Distance vision 20/100
  • Distance vision 20/200
  • Distance vision 20/30
  • Distance vision 20/40
  • Distance vision 20/400
  • Distance vision 20/50
  • Distance vision 20/60
  • Distance vision 20/70
  • Distance vision 20/80
  • Distance vision 6/12
  • Distance vision 6/120
  • Distance vision 6/18
  • Distance vision 6/24
  • Distance vision 6/30
  • Distance vision 6/60
  • Distance vision 6/9
  • Drug related visual impairment
  • Ectodermal dysplasia with blindness syndrome
  • Functional visual loss
  • Heide syndrome
  • Impairment level of vision
  • Impairment level: better eye: profound impairment: lesser eye: near-total impairment
  • Impairment level: better eye: severe impairment: lesser eye: near-total impairment
  • Impairment level: low vision of both eyes
  • Impairment level: moderate impairment of both eyes
  • Impairment level: one eye: near-total impairment: other eye: near-normal vision
  • Impairment level: one eye: profound impairment: other eye: not specified
  • Impairment level: one eye: severe impairment: other eye: near-normal vision
  • Impairment level: severe impairment of both eyes
  • Impairment level: total impairment of both eyes
  • J10
  • J11
  • J12
  • J13
  • J14
  • J3
  • J4
  • J5
  • J6
  • J7
  • J8
  • J9
  • Jaeger type 15
  • Left eye visual acuity -corrected
  • Lesser eye: near total visual impairment, Better eye: near normal vision
  • Lesser eye: profound visual impairment, Better eye: near normal vision
  • Lesser eye: total visual impairment, Better eye: near normal vision
  • Low vision associated with AIDS
  • Low vision, both eyes
  • Medication non-compliance due to visual impairment
  • Mild visual impairment
  • Moderate visual impairment
  • Multiple disability visual impairment
  • N10
  • N12
  • N14
  • N18
  • N24
  • N36
  • N48
  • N8
  • O/E - R-eye completely blind
  • O/E -R-eye counts fingers only
  • Olivopontocerebellar atrophy with blindness
  • Olivopontocerebellar degeneration
  • Partial sight - both eyes
  • Perceives light only
  • Perception of light - accurate projection
  • Perception of light - inaccurate projection
  • Profound impairment, one eye
  • Profound impairment, one eye
  • Profound impairment, one eye
  • Reduced visual acuity
  • Registered blind
  • Registered partially sighted
  • Right eye visual acuity -corrected
  • Secondary cataract of bilateral eyes with vision obscured
  • Severe visual impairment
  • Sight deteriorating
  • Spontaneous eye movements associated with visual loss
  • Strawberry nevus of skin
  • Traumatic blindness
  • Unexplained visual loss
  • Visual acuity, no light perception
  • Visual impairment
  • Visual impairment
  • Visual impairment co-occurrent with human immunodeficiency virus infection
  • Visual loss after cataract extraction

Index of Diseases and Injuries
References found for the code H54.7 in the Index of Diseases and Injuries:

  • Inclusion Terms:
    • Visual impairment category 9 NOS

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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ICD-10 Footnotes

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Present on Admission
The Present on Admission (POA) indicator is used for diagnosis codes included in claims involving inpatient admissions to general acute care hospitals. POA indicators must be reported to CMS on each claim to facilitate the grouping of diagnoses codes into the proper Diagnostic Related Groups (DRG). CMS publishes a listing of specific diagnosis codes that are exempt from the POA reporting requirement.

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