Scleral lenses

Scleral lenses are somewhat larger hat-shaped lenses that do not rest on the sensitive cornea, like smaller lenses, but on the external sclera – the white of the eye. As a result, these lenses are a solution for various eye conditions in which the cornea is affected.

Eye conditions

Pros of scleral lenses

  • Covers the cornea
  • Rests on the white of the eye
  • No contact with the sensitive cornea
  • Layer of moisture between lens and eye

Cons of scleral lenses

  • Insertion and removal take some getting used to
  • Custom-made


At Visser Contactlenzen, we are at the forefront of the development of scleral lenses. Our founder Rients Visser Sr gained international fame for this. As a result, patients from the Netherlands and abroad come to our scleral lens practice. Simone Visser’s doctoral research also led to the introduction of an entirely new scleral lens design, which offers new possibilities for patients who have undergone a corneal transplant, for example.

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Frequently asked questions

  • The outside of scleral lenses is perfectly round. Accordingly, the incoming light rays fall neatly on one point on the retina. As a result, the image is sharp, no matter how irregular the cornea is underneath. Scleral lenses are therefore often used for irregularly shaped corneas, such as with keratoconus or a cornea with scars. A scleral lens can also offer a solution after a corneal transplant.

  • 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 a fxied amount 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 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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