The following updates have been added to the ICD-10 guidelines:
If “blindness” or “low vision” of both eyes is documented but the visual impairment category is not documented, assign code H54.3, Unqualified visual loss, both eyes.
If “blindness” or “low vision” in one eye is documented but the visual impairment category is not documented, assign a code from H54.6-, Unqualified visual loss, one eye.
If “blindness” or “visual loss” is documented without any information about whether one or both eyes are affected, assign code H54.7, Unspecified visual loss.
The following ICD-10 code updates are included in the 2018 changes.
Spelling corrections for entropion and trichiasis of eyelid
Additional codes for degenerative myopia
Laterality character added
Many changes in the blindness/ low vision codes
Changes in diabetes codes
i.e. ketoacidosis with and without coma
Verbiage change in injury optic track and pathways
Eye is changed to side
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