Iris lenses and filter lenses

Iris lenses are soft lenses with a painted-in iris. This can consist of a fixed (and therefore reproducible) print or can be hand-painted (and therefore unique). Iris lenses aim to restore iris function, to block the light or to make a cosmetic improvement.
Filter lenses

Applications of iris lenses

The most common conditions in which iris lenses are fitted are:

  • a large scar on the eye that is cosmetically disturbing;
  • an eye that is becoming less clear and deteriorating in function (atrophy);
  • an incompletely formed iris (iris coloboma);
  • a damaged iris, part of which, for example, is missing or damaged after trauma or surgery (aniridia);
  • when one eye continues to see double and the image needs to be covered (monocular diplopia)
Other complex eye conditions
Iris van het oog

Filter lenses

A filter lens can offer a solution for certain eye conditions such as macular degeneration. The lens filters a certain colour by excluding a specific colour/wavelength. In macular degeneration, for example, this is often the wavelength around 527 nm. Filter lenses can also reduce complaints in other conditions such as glaucoma, cataract and retinitis pigmentosa.

Frequently asked questions

  • 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, the personal contribution is € 59,50 per lens/per eye/per calendar year, with a maximum of €119,-.
    • From 1 January 2024, the personal contribution will be € 61,- per lens/per eye/per calendar year, with a maximum of € 122,-.

    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.

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