2021 ICD-10-CM Code S05.8X9

Other injuries of unspecified eye and orbit

Version 2021

Not Valid for Submission

S05.8X9 is a non-specific and non-billable diagnosis code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of other injuries of unspecified eye and orbit. 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.

The ICD-10-CM code S05.8X9 might also be used to specify conditions or terms like blast injury to eye region, blunt injury, blunt injury, blunt injury of eye, blunt injury of eye , closed blunt force injury to eye, etc.

Unspecified diagnosis codes like S05.8X9 are acceptable when clinical information is unknown or not available about a particular condition. Although a more specific code is preferable, unspecified codes should be used when such codes most accurately reflect what is known about a patient's condition. Specific diagnosis codes should not be used if not supported by the patient's medical record.

ICD-10:S05.8X9
Short Description:Other injuries of unspecified eye and orbit
Long Description:Other injuries of unspecified eye and orbit

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 Other injuries of unspecified eye and orbit

Non-specific codes like S05.8X9 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 other injuries of unspecified eye and orbit:

  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S05.8X9A for initial encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S05.8X9D for subsequent encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S05.8X9S for sequela

Approximate Synonyms

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

Information for Patients


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)