ICD-9 Code 250.51

Diabetes with ophthalmic manifestations, type I [juvenile type], not stated as uncontrolled

Not Valid for Submission

250.51 is a legacy non-billable code used to specify a medical diagnosis of diabetes with ophthalmic manifestations, type i [juvenile type], not stated as uncontrolled. This code was replaced on September 30, 2015 by its ICD-10 equivalent.

ICD-9: 250.51
Short Description:DMI ophth nt st uncntrld
Long Description:Diabetes with ophthalmic manifestations, type I [juvenile type], not stated as uncontrolled

Convert 250.51 to ICD-10

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

  • E10.311 - Type 1 diabetes w unsp diabetic retinopathy w macular edema
  • E10.319 - Type 1 diabetes w unsp diabetic rtnop w/o macular edema
  • E10.36 - Type 1 diabetes mellitus with diabetic cataract
  • E10.39 - Type 1 diabetes w oth diabetic ophthalmic complication

Code Classification

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

Information for Medical Professionals

Information for Patients


Diabetes Type 1

Also called: Insulin-dependent diabetes, Juvenile diabetes, Type I diabetes

Diabetes means your blood glucose, or blood sugar, levels are too high. With type 1 diabetes, your pancreas does not make insulin. Insulin is a hormone that helps glucose get into your cells to give them energy. Without insulin, too much glucose stays in your blood. Over time, high blood glucose can lead to serious problems with your heart, eyes, kidneys, nerves, and gums and teeth.

Type 1 diabetes happens most often in children and young adults but can appear at any age. Symptoms may include

  • Being very thirsty
  • Urinating often
  • Feeling very hungry or tired
  • Losing weight without trying
  • Having sores that heal slowly
  • Having dry, itchy skin
  • Losing the feeling in your feet or having tingling in your feet
  • Having blurry eyesight

A blood test can show if you have diabetes. If you do, you will need to take insulin for the rest of your life.

NIH: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

  • A1C test
  • Diabetes - low blood sugar - self-care
  • Diabetes - tests and checkups
  • Diabetes - when you are sick
  • Diabetes and exercise
  • Diabetic ketoacidosis
  • Giving an insulin injection
  • Glucose tolerance test - non-pregnant
  • Type 1 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.