Since our foundation in 1977, Visser Contactlenzen has specialised in fitting contact lenses on medical grounds. Our experienced specialists have extensive knowledge of the various eye conditions and the possibilities that contact lenses offer in this field. Close cooperation between the ophthalmologist and the optometrist/contact lens specialist is indispensable. We are therefore mainly located in ophthalmology outpatient clinics within hospitals, so the lines of communication with ophthalmologists are short.
Cooperation with ophthalmologists
When we measure contact lenses for you on medical grounds, we always do so in close cooperation with your treating ophthalmologist. The ophthalmologist has diagnosed you with an eye condition and advises you to schedule an appointment with us to investigate whether contact lenses can offer you a solution. Since we are often located within hospitals in the ophthalmology outpatient clinic, we can maintain short lines of communication with ophthalmologists. After you have had an appointment with us, we will inform your ophthalmologist of our findings, if necessary. This results in optimal cooperation with ophthalmologists.
If you are being treated by an ophthalmologist and wear contact lenses on their referral, these lenses will in most cases be reimbursed by your health insurer.
Frequently asked questions
Visser Contactlenzen will arrange the claim to your health insurer for you. You don’t have to advance the often high costs for fitted contact lenses yourself; we will take care of these until the health insurer has reimbursed the costs. Of course, we will only do this after you have given us permission to do so. We need a signature from your ophthalmologist before we can claim the fitted lenses.
Contact lenses that have been fitted on medical grounds, or for which you have been referred to us by your ophthalmologist, are almost always reimbursed by your health insurer within the basic package. Your health insurer will not reimburse you for the purchase of the contact lens solution. This is sometimes also the case with services purchased from us, such as fittings and check-ups. You can take out a medical subscription with us for this. You then pay € 7,05 per month via a recurring SEPA direct debit. If you have a medical subscription with us, you no longer have to pay for the check-ups separately and you also receive a discount on the solutions.
An overview of all health insurers and their labels can be found through this link.
When your lenses are reimbursed by your health insurer, it is important to consider the amount of your deductible. In some cases it may be more advantageous not to claim the contact lenses, for example if you have a high deductible and haven’t had many healthcare costs that year.
One point to take into account is the statutory personal contribution. This is a compulsory contribution mandated by the government that you must pay yourself. In 2023, as in 2022, the personal contribution amounts to € 59,50 per lens/per eye/per calendar year, with a maximum of € 119,-. The health insurers OHRA, CZ, Nationale Nederlanden, Zilveren Kruis (Achmea), FBTO, Interpolis and De Friesland settle this personal contribution with you themselves. You may therefore receive a separate invoice from them for this. If you are affiliated with another health insurer, we will collect the personal contribution from you.