Billable Medical Code for Superficial Injury of Cornea
Diagnosis Code for Reimbursement Claim: ICD-9-CM 918.1
Code will be replaced by October 2015 and relabeled as ICD-10-CM 918.1.
The Short Description Is: Superficial inj cornea.
Corneal abrasion is also known as abrasion (scrape) of cornea, abrasion of cornea, abrasion of left cornea, abrasion of right cornea, corneal abrasion, corneal abrasion (scrape), left corneal abrasion, right corneal abrasion, and superficial corneal injury. This excludes corneal injury due to contact lens (371.82). This applies to corneal abrasion and superficial laceration.
Corneal Abrasion Definition and Symptoms
A corneal abrasion is a minor scratch of the cornea in the eye. The cornea (the clear part of the eye) has many nerve endings, causing a minor scratch to feel very painful as if there is something very large in the eye. Majority of corneal abrasions heal on their own rather quickly however some may become infected and result in a corneal ulcer.