ICD-10 Diagnosis Code H44.20

Degenerative myopia, unspecified eye

Diagnosis Code H44.20

ICD-10: H44.20
Short Description: Degenerative myopia, unspecified eye
Long Description: Degenerative myopia, unspecified eye
This is the 2018 version of the ICD-10-CM diagnosis code H44.20

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The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) has published an update to the ICD-10-CM diagnosis codes which became effective October 1, 2017. This codes was replaced for the FY 2018 (October 1, 2017-September 30, 2018).

This code was replaced in the 2018 ICD-10 code set with the code(s) listed below.
  • H44.2A1 - Degeneratv myopia with choroidal neovascularization, r eye
  • H44.2A2 - Degeneratv myopia with choroidal neovascularization, l eye
  • H44.2A3 - Degeneratv myopia with choroidal neovascularization, bi eye
  • H44.2A9 - Degenerative myopia with choroidal neovascularization, unsp
  • H44.2B1 - Degenerative myopia with macular hole, right eye
  • H44.2B2 - Degenerative myopia with macular hole, left eye
  • H44.2B3 - Degenerative myopia with macular hole, bilateral eye
  • H44.2B9 - Degenerative myopia with macular hole, unspecified eye
  • H44.2C1 - Degenerative myopia with retinal detachment, right eye
  • H44.2C2 - Degenerative myopia with retinal detachment, left eye
  • H44.2C3 - Degenerative myopia with retinal detachment, bilateral eye
  • H44.2C9 - Degenerative myopia with retinal detachment, unspecified eye
  • H44.2D1 - Degenerative myopia with foveoschisis, right eye
  • H44.2D2 - Degenerative myopia with foveoschisis, left eye
  • H44.2D3 - Degenerative myopia with foveoschisis, bilateral eye
  • H44.2D9 - Degenerative myopia with foveoschisis, unspecified eye
  • H44.2E1 - Degenerative myopia with other maculopathy, right eye
  • H44.2E2 - Degenerative myopia with other maculopathy, left eye
  • H44.2E3 - Degenerative myopia with other maculopathy, bilateral eye
  • H44.2E9 - Degenerative myopia with other maculopathy, unspecified eye

Code Classification
  • Diseases of the eye and adnexa (H00–H59)
    • Disorders of vitreous body and globe (H43-H44)
      • Disorders of globe (H44)

Information for Medical Professionals

Information for Patients


Refractive Errors

Also called: Farsightedness, Hyperopia, Myopia, Nearsightedness

The cornea and lens of your eye helps you focus. Refractive errors are vision problems that happen when the shape of the eye keeps you from focusing well. The cause could be the length of the eyeball (longer or shorter), changes in the shape of the cornea, or aging of the lens.

Four common refractive errors are

  • Myopia, or nearsightedness - clear vision close up but blurry in the distance
  • Hyperopia, or farsightedness - clear vision in the distance but blurry close up
  • Presbyopia - inability to focus close up as a result of aging
  • Astigmatism - focus problems caused by the cornea

The most common symptom is blurred vision. Other symptoms may include double vision, haziness, glare or halos around bright lights, squinting, headaches, or eye strain.

Glasses or contact lenses can usually correct refractive errors. Laser eye surgery may also be a possibility.

NIH: National Eye Institute

  • Astigmatism (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Facts about Presbyopia - NIH (National Eye Institute)
  • Farsightedness (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Nearsightedness (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Presbyopia (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Refraction test (Medical Encyclopedia)


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