2021 ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code H53.14

Visual discomfort

    2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 Non-Billable/Non-Specific Code
  • H53.14 should not be used for reimbursement purposes as there are multiple codes below it that contain a greater level of detail.
  • The 2021 edition of ICD-10-CM H53.14 became effective on October 1, 2020.
  • This is the American ICD-10-CM version of H53.14 - other international versions of ICD-10 H53.14 may differ.
Applicable To
  • Asthenopia
  • Photophobia
The following code(s) above H53.14 contain annotation back-references
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 H53.14:
  • H00-H59
    2021 ICD-10-CM Range H00-H59

    Diseases of the eye and adnexa

    • Use an external cause code following the code for the eye condition, if applicable, to identify the cause of the eye condition
    Type 2 Excludes
    • certain conditions originating in the perinatal period (P04-P96)
    • certain infectious and parasitic diseases (A00-B99)
    • complications of pregnancy, childbirth and the puerperium (O00-O9A)
    • congenital malformations, deformations, and chromosomal abnormalities (Q00-Q99)
    • diabetes mellitus related eye conditions (E09.3-, E10.3-, E11.3-, E13.3-)
    • endocrine, nutritional and metabolic diseases (E00-E88)
    • injury (trauma) of eye and orbit (S05.-)
    • injury, poisoning and certain other consequences of external causes (S00-T88)
    • neoplasms (C00-D49)
    • symptoms, signs and abnormal clinical and laboratory findings, not elsewhere classified (R00-R94)
    • syphilis related eye disorders (A50.01, A50.3-, A51.43, A52.71)
    Diseases of the eye and adnexa
  • H53.1
    ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code H53.1

    Subjective visual disturbances

      2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 Non-Billable/Non-Specific Code
    Type 1 Excludes
    • subjective visual disturbances due to vitamin A deficiency (E50.5)
    • visual hallucinations (R44.1)
    Subjective visual disturbances
Clinical Information
  • A condition in which the eyes are more sensitive than normal to light.
  • A disorder characterized by fear and avoidance of light.
  • Abnormal sensitivity to light. This may occur as a manifestation of eye diseases; migraine; subarachnoid hemorrhage; meningitis; and other disorders. Photophobia may also occur in association with depression and other mental disorders.
  • Fear and avoidance of light. It can be the result of anxiety about the eyes, photosensitivity, or photalgia.
  • Seeing functions of sensing a minimum amount of light (light minimum), and the minimum difference in intensity (light difference.)
  • Term generally used to describe complaints related to refractive error, ocular muscle imbalance, including pain or aching around the eyes, burning and itchiness of the eyelids, ocular fatigue, and headaches.
Code History
  • 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
  • 2020 (effective 10/1/2019): No change
  • 2021 (effective 10/1/2020): No change

Diagnosis Index entries containing back-references to H53.14:
  • Discomfort
    • visual H53.14-
  • Disturbance(s) - see also Disease
    • vision, visual H53.9
      ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code H53.9

      Unspecified visual disturbance

        2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 Billable/Specific Code
      • subjective H53.10
        ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code H53.10

        Unspecified subjective visual disturbances

          2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 Billable/Specific Code
        • discomfort H53.14-
  • Photophobia H53.14-

ICD-10-CM Codes Adjacent To H53.14
H53.12 Transient visual loss
H53.121 …… right eye
H53.122 …… left eye
H53.123 …… bilateral
H53.129 …… unspecified eye
H53.13 Sudden visual loss
H53.131 …… right eye
H53.132 …… left eye
H53.133 …… bilateral
H53.139 …… unspecified eye
H53.14 Visual discomfort
H53.141 …… right eye
H53.142 …… left eye
H53.143 …… bilateral
H53.149 …… unspecified
H53.15 Visual distortions of shape and size
H53.16 Psychophysical visual disturbances
H53.19 Other subjective visual disturbances
H53.2 Diplopia
H53.3 Other and unspecified disorders of binocular vision
H53.30 Unspecified disorder of binocular vision

Reimbursement claims with a date of service on or after October 1, 2015 require the use of ICD-10-CM codes.