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 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.
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.
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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