2021 ICD-10-CM Code S05.0

Injury of conjunctiva and corneal abrasion without foreign body

Version 2021

Not Valid for Submission

S05.0 is a non-specific and non-billable diagnosis code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of injury of conjunctiva and corneal abrasion without foreign body. The code is not specific and is NOT valid for the year 2021 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions. Category or Header define the heading of a category of codes that may be further subdivided by the use of 4th, 5th, 6th or 7th characters.

ICD-10:S05.0
Short Description:Injury of conjunctiva and corneal abrasion w/o foreign body
Long Description:Injury of conjunctiva and corneal abrasion without foreign body

Code Classification

Coding Guidelines

The appropriate 7th character is to be added to each code from block Injury of eye and orbit (S05). Use the following options for the aplicable episode of care:

Specific Coding for Injury of conjunctiva and corneal abrasion w/o foreign body

Non-specific codes like S05.0 require more digits to indicate the appropriate level of specificity. Consider using any of the following ICD-10 codes with a higher level of specificity when coding for injury of conjunctiva and corneal abrasion w/o foreign body:

  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S05.00 for Injury of conjunctiva and corneal abrasion without foreign body, unspecified eye
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S05.00XA for initial encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S05.00XD for subsequent encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S05.00XS for sequela
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S05.01 for Injury of conjunctiva and corneal abrasion without foreign body, right eye
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S05.01XA for initial encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S05.01XD for subsequent encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S05.01XS for sequela
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S05.02 for Injury of conjunctiva and corneal abrasion without foreign body, left eye
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S05.02XA for initial encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S05.02XD for subsequent encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S05.02XS for sequela

Tabular List of Diseases and Injuries

The Tabular List of Diseases and Injuries is a list of ICD-10 codes, organized "head to toe" into chapters and sections with coding notes and guidance for inclusions, exclusions, descriptions and more. The following references are applicable to the code S05.0:


Type 1 Excludes

Type 1 Excludes
A type 1 excludes note is a pure excludes note. It means "NOT CODED HERE!" An Excludes1 note indicates that the code excluded should never be used at the same time as the code above the Excludes1 note. An Excludes1 is used when two conditions cannot occur together, such as a congenital form versus an acquired form of the same condition.

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 S05.0 are found in the index:

Information for Patients


Corneal Disorders

Your cornea is the outermost layer of your eye. It is clear and shaped like a dome. The cornea helps to shield the rest of the eye from germs, dust, and other harmful matter. It also helps your eye to focus. If you wear contact lenses, they float on top of your corneas.

Problems with the cornea include

Treatments of corneal disorders include medicines, corneal transplantation, and corneal laser surgery.

NIH: National Eye Institute


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Eye Injuries

The structure of your face helps protect your eyes from injury. Still, injuries can damage your eye, sometimes severely enough that you could lose your vision. Most eye injuries are preventable. If you play sports or work in certain jobs, you may need protection.

The most common type of injury happens when something irritates the outer surface of your eye. Certain jobs such as industrial jobs or hobbies such as carpentry make this type of injury more likely. It's also more likely if you wear contact lenses.

Chemicals or heat can burn your eyes. With chemicals, the pain may cause you to close your eyes. This traps the irritant next to the eye and may cause more damage. You should wash out your eye right away while you wait for medical help.


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Code History

  • FY 2021 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2020 through 9/30/2021
  • FY 2020 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2019 through 9/30/2020
  • FY 2019 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2018 through 9/30/2019
  • FY 2018 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2017 through 9/30/2018
  • FY 2017 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2016 through 9/30/2017
  • FY 2016 - New Code, effective from 10/1/2015 through 9/30/2016 (First year ICD-10-CM implemented into the HIPAA code set)