ICD-10-CM Code S04.031A

Injury of optic tract and pathways, right side, initial encounter

Version 2020 Billable Code

Valid for Submission

S04.031A is a billable code used to specify a medical diagnosis of injury of optic tract and pathways, right side, initial encounter. The code is valid for the year 2020 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions. The ICD-10-CM code S04.031A might also be used to specify conditions or terms like bilateral injury of optic pathway, bilateral injury of optic tract, disorder of optic tract, disorder of optic tract, injury of optic tract, injury of optic tract, etc

ICD-10:S04.031A
Short Description:Injury of optic tract and pathways, right side, init
Long Description:Injury of optic tract and pathways, right side, initial encounter

Synonyms

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

  • Bilateral injury of optic pathway
  • Bilateral injury of optic tract
  • Disorder of optic tract
  • Disorder of optic tract
  • Injury of optic tract
  • Injury of optic tract
  • Traumatic injury of right optic tract
  • Traumatic injury of right visual pathway

Convert S04.031A to ICD-9

  • 950.2 - Injury to optic pathways (Approximate Flag)

Code Classification

  • Injury, poisoning and certain other consequences of external causes (S00–T98)
    • Injuries to the head (S00-S09)
      • Injury of cranial nerve (S04)

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 - Code Updated, effective from 10/1/2017 through 9/30/2018
    • New Description: Injury of optic tract and pathways, right side, initial encounter
    • Previous Description: Injury of optic tract and pathways, right eye, initial encounter
  • 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

Information for Patients


Optic Nerve Disorders

The optic nerve is a bundle of more than 1 million nerve fibers that carry visual messages. You have one connecting the back of each eye (your retina) to your brain. Damage to an optic nerve can cause vision loss. The type of vision loss and how severe it is depends on where the damage occurs. It may affect one or both eyes.

There are many different types of optic nerve disorders, including:

  • Glaucoma is a group of diseases that are the leading cause of blindness in the United States. Glaucoma usually happens when the fluid pressure inside the eyes slowly rises and damages the optic nerve.
  • Optic neuritis is an inflammation of the optic nerve. Causes include infections and immune-related illnesses such as multiple sclerosis. Sometimes the cause is unknown.
  • Optic nerve atrophy is damage to the optic nerve. Causes include poor blood flow to the eye, disease, trauma, or exposure to toxic substances.
  • Optic nerve head drusen are pockets of protein and calcium salts that build up in the optic nerve over time

Contact your health care provider if you are having vision problems. Tests for optic nerve disorders may include eye exams, ophthalmoscopy (an examination of the back of your eye), and imaging tests. Treatment depends on which disorder that you have. With some optic nerve disorders, you may get your vision back. With others, there is no treatment, or treatment may only prevent further vision loss.


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