H33.3: Retinal breaks without detachment
The retina in your eye has torn.
The retina is a layer inside the eye. It contains a lot of nerve cells that perceive light. This enables us to see colors and differences between light and dark. The nerve cells in the retina also form the optic nerve that runs from the eye to the brain.
Inside the eye is the vitreous body. The vitreous body is transparent. It consists of a type of gel, and it almost entirely fills the eye. In some places the vitreous body is joined to the retina. As we age, the vitreous body may contract so that it pulls on the retina. The retina may then tear as a result. The retina may also tear for a variety of other reasons.
A torn retina is not usually painful. One often sees flashes of light or small black dots.
On medical documents, the ICD code is often appended by letters that indicate the diagnostic certainty or the affected side of the body.
- G: Confirmed diagnosis
- V: Tentative diagnosis
- Z: Condition after
- A: Excluded diagnosis
- L: Left
- R: Right
- B: Both sides
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