Here you can find English-speaking opticians and optical shops in Amsterdam, The Hague, Rotterdam and elsewhere in the Netherlands which offer vision testing, reading glasses, prescription sunglasses and sports glasses and kids glasses. Also find contact lens suppliers and shops that sell contact lens solutions and other vision care supplies.
T: 020 404 0000
|Charlie Temple is an online optician based in the Rotterdam area that designs its own frames and cuts its own lenses to make fashionable, affordable reading glasses for men, women and children. They are an authorized health care company so you can get reimbursed for some or all of the cost if you have an insurance policy that includes optical care cover.|
|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.|
T: 018 258 6601
|123Lens is a Dutch online optical shop sells a wide assortment of contacts including disposable, multi-focus, toric (for astigmatism) and colored lenses. They stock popular brands such as Acuvue, Biomedics, Bausch & Lomb, Johnson & Johnson, Proclear and PureVision. You can also find reading glasses of varying strengths. Shipping is free in the Netherlands for orders over €35 (otherwise €1.99).|
|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: 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 in most other countries, there are three types of Dutch specialists involved in the eye and vision care profession: optometrists, opticians and ophthalmologists.
An optometrist is an eye specialist who can perform vision tests and determine the right prescription for corrective eyewear such as eyeglasses and contact lenses. An optician (opticien) is the specialist who is trained to fill eyewear prescriptions including the fitting of eyeglasses and dispensing of contact lenses. An ophthalmologist (oogarts) is a doctor specialized in eye care who can diagnose and treat eye diseases and injuries such as glaucoma, cataracts, detached retinas and optical nerve degeneration.
Vision care in the Netherlands is modern and easily accessible with both independent optician practices and specialty chains offering standard eye exams (vision testing). The cost of vision care in the Netherlands is not covered in the Dutch Basic Health Insurance plan (Basiszorgverzekering) which every resident is required to have by law. However, there are many supplemental health insurance plans available which do include it (for example, supplemental health insurance plans offered by ONVZ and VGZ via United Consumers). The costs that are covered will vary by plan so it is important to look at the plan details so you can select one which meets your needs. Supplemental health insurance plans in the Netherlands typically cover (either fully or a percentage of) the cost for an annual vision test, reading glasses and prescription contact lenses.
The more comprehensive Dutch supplemental health insurance plans cover a substantial portion of the cost of corrective laser eye surgery. The insurer typically requires your Dutch general practitioner (huisarts) to generate a referral before the patient can set up a consultation with a laser eye center.
While the cost of corrective vision care is not included in the Basic Dutch Health Insurance plan, treatment for common eye diseases (such as glaucoma and cataracts) is. When such issues arise, a patient’s GP (huisarts) refers him or her to a Dutch ophthalmologist (oogarts) for treatment.
DUTCH VISION & EYE TERMINOLOGY
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|contact lenses = lenzen||monthly wear lenses = maandlenzen|
|contact lens case = lenzenhouder||ophthalmologist = oogarts|
|cornea = hoornvlies||prescription sunglasses = zonnebril met voorschrift|
|daily wear lenses = daglenzen||retina = netvlies|
|eye = oog||reading glasses = leesbril|
|eye exam = oog examen||sunglasses = zonnebrillen|
|glaucoma = glaucoom||tear duct = traanbuis|
|laser eye surgery = laser oogchirurgerie||vision = visie|