AHA Coding Clinic® for ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS - 2017 Issue 4; New/Revised ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Codes
Blindness and Low Vision
The World Health Organization (WHO) uses blindness as a term that includes multiple categories of vision loss, while in the U.S. blindness generally means a lack of vision in both eyes. Categories of visual impairment, recognized by WHO and listed in ICD-10-CM, indicate distinct levels of impairment. In order to report the category of visual impairment as it relates specifically to each eye, new codes were created, which add a sixth character to represent the category of vision in the right eye, and a seventh character to represent the category of vision in the left eye, for the...
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