Diseases of the eye and adnexa
Disorders of ocular muscles, binocular movement, accommodation and refraction
2019 ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code H50.5
2016 2017 2018 2019 Non-Billable/Non-Specific Code
- H50.5 should not be used for reimbursement purposes as there are multiple codes below it that contain a greater level of detail.
- The 2019 edition of ICD-10-CM H50.5 became effective on October 1, 2018.
- This is the American ICD-10-CM version of H50.5 - other international versions of ICD-10 H50.5 may differ.
The following code(s) above H50.5
contain annotation back-references
In this context, annotation back-references refer to codes that contain:
- Applicable To annotations, or
- Code Also annotations, or
- Code First annotations, or
- Excludes1 annotations, or
- Excludes2 annotations, or
- Includes annotations, or
- Note annotations, or
- Use Additional annotations
that may be applicable to H50.5
- Misalignment of the visual axes of the eyes. In comitant strabismus the degree of ocular misalignment does not vary with the direction of gaze. In noncomitant strabismus the degree of misalignment varies depending on direction of gaze or which eye is fixating on the target. (miller, walsh & hoyt's clinical neuro-ophthalmology, 4th ed, p641)
- Strabismus is the intermittent or constant misalignment of an eye so that its line of vision is not pointed at the same object as the other eye. Strabismus is caused by an imbalance in the extraocular muscles which control the positioning of the eyes. Strabismus is normal in newborns but should resolve by the time the baby is 6 months old. In older children with strabismus, the brain may learn to ignore the input from one eye, and this may lead to amblyopia, a potentially permanent decrease in vision in that eye if not corrected.
- 2016 (effective 10/1/2015): New code (first year of non-draft ICD-10-CM)
- 2017 (effective 10/1/2016): No change
- 2018 (effective 10/1/2017): No change
- 2019 (effective 10/1/2018): No change
ICD-10-CM Codes Adjacent To H50.5
Intermittent alternating exotropia
Other and unspecified heterotropia
Accommodative component in esotropia
Brown's sheath syndrome
Reimbursement claims with a date of service on or after October 1, 2015 require the use of ICD-10-CM codes.