H35.5: Hereditary retinal dystrophy

The retina in your eye is damaged.

The retina is a layer inside the eye. It contains a lot of sensory cells that can perceive light. There are sensory cells for colors and sensory cells for light and dark. The sensory cells pass the information on to the nerve cells in the optic nerve.

Your retina is damaged. The damage has been caused by a hereditary disorder, which means you were born with it. Other family members may also be affected.

When there is retinal damage, one may see gray spots or shadows. One’s vision may then be worse, too. One may see things distorted or in unusual colors. If, however, only the outer areas of the retina are damaged, there are usually no symptoms at all. The damaged retina can become detached in rare cases.

Additional indicator

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

Further information


This information is not intended for self-diagnosis and does not replace professional medical advice from a doctor. If you find an ICD code on a personal medical document, please also note the additional indicator used for diagnostic confidence.
Your doctor will assist you with any health-related questions and explain the ICD diagnosis code to you in a direct consultation if necessary.


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