Here you can find English-speaking opticians and optical shops in Amsterdam, The Hague, Rotterdam and elsewhere in the Netherlands for vision testing, reading glasses, prescription sunglasses, sports glasses and kids eyeglasses. Also find contact lens webshops.
T: 085 487 4300
|LensOnline Netherlands partners with local optometrists where you can go to have your vision tested and get advice on contact lenses (which are then supplied by LensOnline). Have the order delivered to your home or pick up at the optician's shop. If you already know your prescription, you can also order directly from the LensOnline website. Brands include Acuvue, Dailies, Proclear, PureVision, Soflens and more.|
|THE GOOD LIFE VISION|
T: 070 887 7726
|The Good Life Vision optical shop is located in The Hague Benoordenhout (Duinzigt shopping center). Expats can get vision testing, prescription glasses, sunglasses, sport eyeglasses and contact lenses. Children's vision can be tested for ages 10 years and up.|
T: 070 324 2056
|Oogmerk Tunderman is a small optician chain in The Hague area that offers high-quality customer care, a wide range of designer frames/ sunglasses, contact lenses, eye exams and vision testing. 3 locations: Den Haag Benoordenhout, Leidschendam town center and Leidsenhage shopping mall.|
T: 070 365 9931
|Eric van Schaik has operated his optical shop in The Hague Reinkenstraat since 1995. Whether you're looking for eyeglasses, bifocals, multi-vision glasses, sports glasses, sunglasses or contact lenses, you can get them at Eric's Optiek.|
T: 0800 0075
|Hans Anders is a Dutch chain of optical shops in the Netherlands. In addition to prescription eyeglasses, sunglasses, contact lenses and vision testing, they offer membership plans at a low monthly charge to cover the cost of your next pair of glasses or contacts. Hans Anders locations include Amsterdam, Breda, Eindhoven, Groningen, The Hague, Maastricht, Rotterdam and Utrecht.|
|bol.com||bol.com offers prescription contact lenses from a wide selection of brands, plus lens solutions, reading glasses, designer sunglasses, eye drops and other vision care products. Free shipping for orders over €20.|
T: 011 325 3805
|Drogist.nl is a Dutch online drugstore that offers a selection of vision care products including daily and monthly disposable contact lenses from Eye Fresh and Unicare, as well as colored contacts from Pretty Eyes and cleaning solutions from Bausch & Lomb, Boston and Optifree. Free delivery for orders over €20.|
T: 085 888 3036
|Drogisterij.net is a Dutch online drugstore based in North Holland where you can find over 200 eye care and vision correction products including daily and extended wear contact lenses, lens cases and contact cleaning solutions. Brands such as Bausch & Lomb, Unicare and Eyefresh. Free shipping on orders over €40.|
T: 088 659 4245
|The Etos drugstore chain sells eye drops, disposable contact lenses, lens cleaning solutions and reading glasses with different strengths. Hundreds of stores across the Netherlands. Etos optical products available through bol.com|
As is the case in most countries, there are three types of specialists associated with eye care in Holland: optometrists, opticians and ophthalmologists.
An optometrist is a licensed professional trained in eye health and vision, and can identify eye problems, test for vision deviations and write prescriptions for corrective eyewear. Optometrists in the Netherlands are included in the BIG-register of Dutch health care professionals in order to practice legally. Optometristen Vereniging Nederland (OVN) is the Dutch national association of optometrists
An optician (opticien) is a vision specialist trained to fit prescription eyewear including glasses and contact lenses. The Netherlands does not regulate this field of expertise or require any specific certifications. Dutch opticians are NOT included in the BIG registry.
An ophthalmologist (oogarts) is a medical doctor specialized in eye health who deals with injuries and diseases that can impact vision such as glaucoma, cataracts, detached retinas and optical nerve degeneration. Many are also trained to perform laser vision-correction surgery (LASIK). Ophthalmologists in the Netherlands are listed in the BIG registry of Dutch health care professionals.
EYE & VISION CARE IN NETHERLANDS
Vision care in the Netherlands is easily accessible with independent boutiques and specialty optical chains located in all city centers and shopping malls. They offer standard eye exams (vision testing) and corrective eyewear. The cost of these are not covered by the Dutch Basic Health Insurance plan (Basiszorgverzekering). Supplemental health insurance policies (such as those offered by ONVZ and VGZ via United Consumers) do typically cover those expenses.
The more comprehensive Dutch supplemental health insurance plans often cover (fully or partially) the cost of corrective laser eye surgery. Typically the insurance company requires your GP (huisarts) to provide a referral before a consultation appointment can be scheduled with the specialist.
While the Basic Dutch Health Insurance plan does not cover the cost of vision testing and corrective eyewear, it does cover the cost of treatment for common eye diseases (such as glaucoma and cataracts). When such an issue arises, the patient’s Dutch GP (huisarts) will provide a referral to an ophthalmologist (oogarts) for treatment.
DUTCH VISION & EYE TERMINOLOGY
ENGLISH < – > DUTCH
- contact lenses = lenzen
- contact lens case = lenzenhouder
- cornea = hoornvlies
- daily wear lenses = daglenzen
- eye = oog
- eye exam = oog examen
- glaucoma = glaucoom
- laser eye surgery = laser oogchirurgerie
ENGLISH < – > DUTCH
- monthly wear lenses = maandlenzen
- ophthalmologist = oogarts
- prescription sunglasses = zonnebril met voorschrift
- retina = netvlies
- reading glasses = leesbril
- sunglasses = zonnebrillen
- tear duct = traanbuis
- vision = visie