Financing and Payment Methods

At Optical Express, it's easy to understand how to cover the cost of your eye care


We believe that our treatments should be accessible to everyone. Whether it’s laser eye surgery, lens replacement, cataract surgery or something else, Optical Express in Ireland works in partnership with a number of Ireland’s medical and healthcare providers to offer our patients a discount on life-changing laser eye surgery. You may be entitled to as much as 25% off the cost of your treatment through our insurance and corporate schemes.

  • How much will my treatment in Ireland cost?

    How much your surgery costs depends on a number of factors, such as the type of treatment you require and your prescription as well as your own personal requirements. This will all be discussed at your free, no obligation consultation.

  • Is aftercare included in my treatment cost?

    At Optical Express in Ireland, aftercare is not an afterthought. We believe how you're looked after following your surgery is just as important as the procedure itself. With multiple locations all across the country, your aftercare is available locally - usually right on your door-step.

    That's why we've designed a comprehensive aftercare programme which checks and monitors yous eye health. It's our way of making sure every patient's journey to great vision is as successful as possible. You can be sure that we'll be on hand to give you any support you need on the way to clearer, sharper vision.

Get in touch

To find out more about your finance and payment methods get in touch with one of our experts.

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Health care provider discounts

We work in partnership with the following medical and healthcare providers to offer exclusive treatment discounts to their member's.

  • Irish Life Health

    Irish Life Health customers are entitled to 15% discount on laser eye surgery with Optical Express. The cost of your treatment will depend on your suitability and what treatment option is right for you.

  • Laya Healthcare

    Members of Laya Healthcare are entitled to a 15% discount on laser eye surgery with Optical Express. You can claim this directly from the Office of Revenue Commissioners.

  • VHI Healthcare

    VHI Healthcare members are entitled to a 15% discount on laser eye surgery with Optical Express.

Forms and Aftercare


The Med 1 form is no longer available to claim healthcare expenses and must be completed through your tax return form.You can claim for health expenses depending on your eligibility using online services, available at the Irish Revenue site.

If you are posted in the UK for work, the UK and Ireland are currently working to agreed continued reciprocal healthcare arrangements. However, you may want to consider taking out private healthcare insurance. The NHS website details your options including expected costs in Ireland.




Those who hold a valid full medical car (not including a GP visit card) and those with a Health Amendment Act Card are entitled to an eye examination once every two years, or more often if a clinical or medical reason requires this. Elective surgery such as laser eye surgery is not covered by this card.

There is also an allowance available towards the cost of new glasses.

Those who qualify for Pay Related Social Insurance (PRSI) entitlement will benefit from a free eye test and the new glasses allowance.

Why choose Optical Express?

More than 99% of patients achieve 20|20 vision or better following treatment* and said it was one of the best decisions that they have made in their life.

Still have questions?

Below you can find the answers to our most frequently asked questions.

  • What are the financing options and payment plans?

    The short answer is: It depends

    Lens surgery provides our patients with excellent vision and reduces the ongoing costs associated with continued purchases of glasses and contact lenses. Each patient undergoing lens surgery is different and as a result, costs vary. We offer a number of payment options and finance plans which can help to spread the cost of this life-changing treatment. Depending on your clinic of choice we may be able to offer 0% APR for 10 or 12 months.
  • Can I receive a discount with my bank or credit union?

    The short answer is: Possibly not

    If you are a member of your local credit union of bank, it is recommended that you check with us directly to discuss if any percentage of routine eye care, laser eye or eye treatment costs are valid.
  • Will I need to pay for aftercare?

    The short answer is: After your aftercare programme is complete, further appointments are chargeable.

    Our clinics offer a comprehensive aftercare programme that is tailored specifically for you, we offer aftercare appointments within the recommended healing time-frame, beyond you're three month check up time period there may be a cost associated as you will have completed your aftercare programme, we aim to have every patient complete their aftercare and recovery programme successfully.

Tax Refunds and Exceptions

If you have recently undergone laser eye treatment, you may be entitled to claim tax back on the procedure. This applies even if the treatment wasn't carried out in Ireland as it is classed as a general medical expense, one of the allowances granted when calculating your personal tax abilities.

Your are entitled to claim up to 20% tax back on medical expenses incurred over the past four years, if you have not already claimed an expenses refund through another means e.g. medical insurance.