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Scleral Lenses: Breaking Barriers for Sjogren's Syndrome

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Understanding Sjogren's Syndrome: An Autoimmune Condition

Sjogren's syndrome is an intricate autoimmune condition that launches an immune system attack on the body's own moisture-producing glands. While it can affect multiple organ systems, it commonly impacts the eyes and mouth.

The result? Persistent dryness in these crucial areas causes not only daily discomfort but also a host of potential complications, with the eyes being particularly vulnerable to its effects.

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Sjogren’s Impact on Daily Life

Living with Sjogren's syndrome is akin to waging a daily battle against one's own body. The dryness experienced in the eyes and mouth causes constant discomfort, affecting every facet of life.

Dry Eyes: The absence of tears leads to a gritty, burning sensation, making simple tasks like reading or blinking painful. Over time, it can damage the cornea — the eye's clear front surface.

Dry Mouth: Beyond affecting the enjoyment of food and drink, a dry mouth can hinder speech, alter taste, and trigger recurrent mouth infections. Saliva plays a crucial role in digestion and dental health, and its absence has far-reaching consequences.


Scleral Lenses in O'Fallon

Our optometry practice in O'Fallon

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Hours
  • Monday 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Tuesday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thursday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Saturday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Sunday Closed
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How Scleral Lenses Counter Sjogren's Syndrome

Sjogren's disease can significantly affect the eyes, leading to persistent dryness, discomfort, and potential complications. Traditional approaches to vision correction, such as glasses or standard contact lenses, often don’t provide relief and can exacerbate symptoms. This is where scleral lenses offer a groundbreaking solution.

The unique design of scleral lenses allows them to arch over the cornea, forming a space that is filled with saline solution. This maintains ocular moisture and acts as a protective shield.

Scleral lenses are tailored to fit individuals’ eyes, ensuring optimal comfort and effectiveness. Think of it as wearing a perfectly tailored suit for your eyes, designed to match their unique contours.

Here are four compelling reasons why individuals with Sjogren's disease find relief and comfort with scleral lenses:

  • Increased Moisture

    Scleral lenses cover a greater portion of the eye's surface. This design ensures that the eye remains in a moisture-rich environment throughout the day, alleviating dryness and discomfort.

  • Optimal Comfort

    Scleral lenses provide superior comfort due to their unique design. They vault over the cornea, avoiding direct contact with sensitive areas of the eye.

  • Consistent Clarity

    Unlike traditional lenses, scleral lenses offer consistent vision clarity. Dry eyes can cause fluctuations in vision, but scleral lenses help maintain stable and clear eyesight.

  • Protection and Relief

    Scleral lenses act as a protective barrier, shielding the eyes from external irritants and reducing the need for excessive blinking or eye rubbing.

Patient Reviews
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- Dec. 30, 2023
Dr. McCoy is very knowledgeable and thorough. The staff is friendly and professional. The location i... s convenient. Highly recommend!
- Nov. 12, 2023
Everything was perfect. First time visiting this one and was actually fun experience. Staff was supe... r nice and there was few minutes wait which made interesting listening party next door in their cooking class 🤣🤣 Really wanted to go there after my eye exam.
- Aug. 25, 2023
Dr. McCoy is An Amazing doctor! Such a great doctor plus so explains everything so well! Highly reco... mmend him!!
- Aug. 22, 2023
Excellent professional service and offered savings compared to other places I've experienced.
- Aug. 19, 2023
My recent visit with Dr. McCoy and his staff was exceptional! My older brother is blind and I am con... ditioned by media to fear lifestyle limiting conditions such as cataracts and macular degeneration. Both the technician and Dr. McCoy greeted me with confident smiles, gentle manners and addressed my concerns with straight forward explanations. Dr. McCoy was thorough, precise and exacting. There wasn't anything about my vision that he didn't check out. The office imaging technology was terrific and so easy to do! Being able to view the retina images of my eyes on a screen as Dr. McCoy explained put me at ease.
- Aug. 04, 2023
Knowledge staff were very helpful and informative. No wait time and worth my drive out there from St... l city.
- Jul. 08, 2023
Everyone I saw and interacted with were very friendly, knowledgeable and professional.
- Jul. 01, 2023
My husband and I recently had our routine eye exams with Dr. McCoy and had a great experience! There... was little wait time, the technician who did our testing was very nice, and Dr. McCoy was thorough and answered any questions we had. Looking forward to our eye exam next year!
- May. 22, 2023
Dr. McCoy and his technicians are very friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. I also love the wide se... lection of frames they offer. The office itself if very comfortable and visually appealing. (no pun intended).
- Feb. 24, 2023
Lovely experience. The staff and doctor were very kind and knowledgeable, and I didn't feel pressure... d into buying more than I needed.
- Jan. 19, 2023
Excellent, caring service and a good value. Will continue to go here for all of our vision needs. ... Staff was especially attentive to special need requests.
- Jun. 26, 2022
I had a concern about my vision and it wasn't time for my annual check up The staff helped me get an... appointment right away. The ladies up front are friendly courteous, and helpful. The doctor did not make me feel rushed during the exam. He answered by questions and took time to ensure I thoroughly understood the next steps. The facilities are clean and orderly. Altogether, the staff made sure that my visit was a success.
- Jun. 18, 2022
The friendly professionalism by staff, the thorough comprehensive exam with a complete explanation. ... Very comfortable and trusted! Dr.McCoy is keeping care as Dr.K had it, trusted!
- May. 27, 2022
I have gone to this location for several years and am very pleased. The doctors have been excellent ... and everyone else that works there are very kind and helpful.
- May. 23, 2022
The doctors are honest and they won’t recommend a prescription unless it’s needed. I’m also t... hrilled with the optometrists. My daughter and I both had issues with our glasses.
- Mar. 11, 2022
Very accurate Rx for these old eye. Staff did not push an expensive frame and lens package. Received... glasses within one week. Will continue to get exam and glasses from Crown Optical which I just began using 2 years ago.
- Feb. 25, 2022
Awesome Staff, Very helpful and knowledable.
- Oct. 29, 2021
My Grandson and I both needed glasses, and he's a first time contact wearer. When my grandson was tr... ying to put his contacts in, he had a very hard time. The ladies at Crown Vision were so very patient with him, I think it took him somewhere around 3 hours the first time, and almost 2 hours the next morning. They never made us feel as if we were taking up to much of their time. They were so patient and friendly and tried so many different ways to help him. We had to meet them at Crown Vision on Midrivers mall drive the next morning for extra practice, because he still couldn't get them in. The ladies continued to be patient , helpful and encouraging , and showed him many different ways to try. After trying so many times, he was finally able to get them in. He almost gave up, but their assurance and encouragement made him keep trying. My Grandson is a Rugby player, so it is very important that he wears these during games. It's very hard to find this type of service, but these ladies are exceptional, and I recommend them and Crown Vision (Ofallon) for anyone needing extra attention. They were the definition of 5 Star.
- Sep. 03, 2021
Good Staff. Very efficent
- Jul. 07, 2021
I worked for the parent company of Crown Vision Centers, AEG, in their remote, outbound call group f... rom April until June. My job was to make appointments for others to various CVCs in the Saint Louis metro area. My wife and I were long overdue for our eye exam appointments, so I scheduled both of us before I recently changed jobs. I went to my appointment this past Saturday, and my wife also went recently to her appointment. I was thoroughly impressed with the friendliness, helpfulness and professionalism of everyone who I met that day: Riley, Hannah, and Dr. John! It was a great experience as a first-time customer, and I highly recommend the O'Fallon CVC!

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How Can I Get Scleral Lenses for My Sjogren's Syndrome?

Getting scleral lenses for Sjogren's syndrome is a journey toward comfort and an enhanced quality of life.

  • Step 1: Consultation with an Expert

    Begin your journey with a consultation with a scleral lens expert who will evaluate your symptoms, assess your specific needs, and determine if scleral lenses are the right option.

  • Step 2: Custom Fitting

    Scleral lenses are not one-size-fits-all; they are tailored to fit your eyes perfectly. Advanced technology takes precise measurements and maps your eye's surface.

  • Step 3: Trial and Adjustment

    Fitting scleral lenses is an iterative process that involves trying on a trial pair for assessment, with adjustments made to achieve optimal comfort.

  • Step 4: Training and Education

    Wearing scleral lenses requires training in insertion and removal and proper care and maintenance to ensure their longevity and effectiveness.

  • Step 5: Ongoing Care and Monitoring

    Scleral lenses require ongoing care and monitoring through regular appointments with your eye doctor to ensure they continue to fit well and meet your needs. At Crown Vision Center - O' Fallon, we support you on your journey to relief and comfort.


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Experience Relief with Scleral Lenses from Crown Vision Center - O' Fallon

Scleral lenses have the potential to provide significant relief and comfort for individuals dealing with the challenges of Sjogren's disease. 

If you or a loved one has Sjogren's disease and is interested in exploring the benefits of scleral lenses, schedule a consultation with Crown Vision Center - O' Fallon today. Your journey to relief and visual comfort begins here.

(636) 281-5367