ICD-9 Code 249.50

Secondary diabetes mellitus with ophthalmic manifestations, not stated as uncontrolled, or unspecified

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249.50 is a legacy non-billable code used to specify a medical diagnosis of secondary diabetes mellitus with ophthalmic manifestations, not stated as uncontrolled, or unspecified. This code was replaced on September 30, 2015 by its ICD-10 equivalent.

ICD-9: 249.50
Short Description:Sec DM ophth nt st uncn
Long Description:Secondary diabetes mellitus with ophthalmic manifestations, not stated as uncontrolled, or unspecified

Convert 249.50 to ICD-10

The following crosswalk between ICD-9 to ICD-10 is based based on the General Equivalence Mappings (GEMS) information:

  • E08.311 - Diab due to undrl cond w unsp diabetic rtnop w macular edema
  • E08.319 - Diab due to undrl cond w unsp diab rtnop w/o macular edema
  • E08.36 - Diabetes due to underlying condition w diabetic cataract
  • E08.39 - Diabetes due to undrl condition w oth diabetic opth comp
  • E09.311 - Drug/chem diabetes w unsp diabetic rtnop w macular edema
  • E09.319 - Drug/chem diabetes w unsp diabetic rtnop w/o macular edema
  • E09.36 - Drug/chem diabetes mellitus w diabetic cataract
  • E09.39 - Drug/chem diabetes w oth diabetic ophthalmic complication
  • E13.39 - Oth diabetes mellitus w oth diabetic ophthalmic complication

Code Classification

  • Endocrine, nutritional and metabolic diseases, and immunity disorders (240–279)
    • Diseases of other endocrine glands (249-259)
      • 249 Secondary diabetes mellitus

Information for Medical Professionals

Information for Patients


Diabetes

Also called: DM, Diabetes mellitus

Diabetes is a disease in which your blood glucose, or blood sugar, levels are too high. Glucose comes from the foods you eat. Insulin is a hormone that helps the glucose get into your cells to give them energy. With type 1 diabetes, your body does not make insulin. With type 2 diabetes, the more common type, your body does not make or use insulin well. Without enough insulin, the glucose stays in your blood. You can also have prediabetes. This means that your blood sugar is higher than normal but not high enough to be called diabetes. Having prediabetes puts you at a higher risk of getting type 2 diabetes.

Over time, having too much glucose in your blood can cause serious problems. It can damage your eyes, kidneys, and nerves. Diabetes can also cause heart disease, stroke and even the need to remove a limb. Pregnant women can also get diabetes, called gestational diabetes.

A blood test can show if you have diabetes. Exercise, weight control and sticking to your meal plan can help control your diabetes. You should also monitor your glucose level and take medicine if prescribed.

NIH: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

  • A1C test
  • Blood sugar test - blood
  • Choose More than 50 Ways to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes - NIH - Easy-to-Read (National Diabetes Education Program)
  • Diabetes
  • Diabetes - keeping active
  • Diabetes - low blood sugar - self-care
  • Diabetes - tests and checkups
  • Diabetes - when you are sick
  • Diabetes and exercise
  • Giving an insulin injection
  • Glucose tolerance test - non-pregnant
  • High blood sugar
  • Immunizations - diabetes
  • Long term complications of diabetes
  • Preparing for surgery when you have diabetes

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Diabetic Eye Problems

Also called: Diabetic retinopathy

If you have diabetes, your blood glucose, or blood sugar, levels are too high. Over time, this can damage your eyes. The most common problem is diabetic retinopathy. It is a leading cause of blindness in American adults.

Your retina is the light-sensitive tissue at the back of your eye. You need a healthy retina to see clearly. Diabetic retinopathy damages the tiny blood vessels inside your retina.

You may not notice it at first. Symptoms can include

  • Blurry or double vision
  • Rings, flashing lights, or blank spots
  • Dark or floating spots
  • Pain or pressure in one or both of your eyes
  • Trouble seeing things out of the corners of your eyes

Treatment often includes laser treatment or surgery, with follow-up care.

Two other eye problems can happen to people with diabetes. A cataract is a cloud over the lens of your eye. Surgery helps you see clearly again. Glaucoma happens when pressure builds up in the eye, damaging the main nerve. Eye drops or surgery can help.

If you have diabetes, you should have a complete eye exam every year. Finding and treating problems early may save your vision.

NIH: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

  • Diabetes - eye care
  • Diabetes and eye disease
  • Diabetes eye exams
  • Fluorescein angiography
  • Intravitreal injection
  • Standard ophthalmic exam

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ICD-9 Footnotes

General Equivalence Map Definitions
The ICD-9 and ICD-10 GEMs are used to facilitate linking between the diagnosis codes in ICD-9-CM and the new ICD-10-CM code set. The GEMs are the raw material from which providers, health information vendors and payers can derive specific applied mappings to meet their needs.

  • Approximate Flag - The approximate flag is on, indicating that the relationship between the code in the source system and the code in the target system is an approximate equivalent.
  • No Map Flag - The no map flag indicates that a code in the source system is not linked to any code in the target system.
  • Combination Flag - The combination flag indicates that more than one code in the target system is required to satisfy the full equivalent meaning of a code in the source system.