Vision Therapy in O'Fallon

Are Scleral Contact Lenses Right for You?

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Scleral Lenses Candidates

Scleral lenses are custom-designed to offer remarkable visual acuity and comfort improvements for individuals with sensitive eyes or corneal irregularities. Unlike traditional contact lenses, scleral lenses vault over the cornea and rest on the sclera, creating an improved optical surface.

This design minimizes irritation to the cornea and provides exceptional comfort. Additionally, a reservoir of pure saline solution between the back surface of the lens and the front of the cornea ensures that the eye is consistently submerged in a liquid environment, promoting optimal eye health and comfort.

Scleral lenses are particularly well-suited for hard-to-fit eyes, such as individuals with keratoconus, astigmatism, or medium-high astigmatism that cannot be corrected comfortably with other contact lenses. They also offer the advantage of all-day hydration for comfortable wear.

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Are Scleral Lenses Superior to Traditional Gas-Permeable Lenses?

In terms of comfort, visual clarity, and stability, scleral lenses outperform small diameter rigid gas-permeable lenses. For individuals with corneal irregularities or heightened sensitivity, scleral lenses are often the preferred and sometimes the only viable option.

It's important to note that while scleral lenses offer numerous benefits, they may come at a higher cost compared to various other gas-permeable lenses, but may be covered by insurance in certain cases. The decision regarding which contact lens is best for your needs should be made in consultation with our team of experts.

Whether you're a first-time wearer with nearsightedness or have complex vision needs such as astigmatism, bifocals, or a distorted cornea, we are here to provide you with the most suitable solution.

Several factors determine whether you're a suitable candidate for scleral contact lenses:

  • Corneal Irregularities

    Scleral lenses are often prescribed for individuals with irregular corneas, such as keratoconus, corneal ectasia, or post-surgical complications. These lenses provide a smooth, uniform refractive surface, improving vision.

  • Dry Eye Syndrome

    Scleral lenses can be a game-changer for people struggling with dry eyes. The reservoir of saline solution between the lens and the eye helps keep the eye surface consistently moist, reducing discomfort and improving vision.

  • Giant Papillary Conjunctivitis (GPC

    GPC is a condition where the inner eyelid becomes inflamed due to contact lens irritation. Scleral lenses can be an excellent solution for GPC patients. Due to a customized edge profile, scleral lenses are shown to have less frictional impact on the sensitive inner eyelid.

  • Severe Astigmatism

    Scleral lenses can correct astigmatism effectively. The stable fit provided by these lenses ensures astigmatic patients enjoy clear and stable vision throughout the day.

  • Ocular Surface Disorders

    Individuals with ocular surface disorders like Stevens-Johnson syndrome or Sjögren's syndrome can benefit from the constant hydration and protection provided by scleral lenses.

  • Complex Prescriptions

    Scleral lenses are customizable to correct even the most complex vision problems, making them suitable for individuals with multifocal or high prescriptions.

  • Intolerance to Traditional Lenses

    If you've had discomfort or intolerance with traditional contact lenses, including soft or rigid gas-permeable lenses, scleral lenses may offer a more comfortable alternative.


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
Insurance Plans
  • VSP
  • Medicare
  • United Healthcare
  • Aetna
  • Spectera
  • Medicaid
  • Anthem
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • MetLife
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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Consult with Our Scleral Lens Experts

The best way to determine your candidacy for scleral contact lenses is through a comprehensive eye examination and consultation with Crown Vision Center - O' Fallon. During this evaluation, your eye doctor will assess your eye health, vision prescription, and specific needs. They will also take precise measurements to ensure a proper fit.

If you've been struggling with vision issues or discomfort related to your current eyewear, scleral contact lenses could be the solution you've been looking for. 

Don't let your eye condition limit your quality of life; Schedule an appointment with Crown Vision Center - O' Fallon today and explore the benefits of scleral lenses and determine if you're a suitable candidate.

(636) 281-5367