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Scleral Contact Lenses In Pensacola, Florida

Scleral Lenses: The Revolutionary Contact Lens Technology Providing Incredible Comfort And Visual Clarity

See Dr. Leonard for advanced contact lens fittings at The Sclerals Center At Coastal Family Eyecare serving patients from Pensacola, Orange Beach, Tallahassee, and Mobile

Have You Been Told That You Are Not A Candidate For Contact Lenses? This Is No Longer True.

Have you tried to wear contact lenses only to end up wearing glasses as you suffered too much discomfort? Is your vision worsening due to Keratoconus or other corneal conditions?

Say Goodbye To The Old Days Of Contact Lenses That Didn’t Work For You!

Thousands of people who suffer vision loss as a result of various corneal conditions (listed below) can now see clearly once again through scleral lenses. Those who couldn’t wear contact lenses due to eye conditions or discomfort are able to correct their vision safely & successfully. Say goodbye to the old days of contact lenses that didn’t work for you. You no longer have to suffer discomfort or simply being forced to live with poor vision. At The Sclerals Center At Coastal Family Eyecare, Dr. Leonard can provide advanced custom contact lens fitting for even the most hard-to-fit-patients.

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What Are Scleral Lenses?

Scleral lenses are specialized custom contact lenses that make contact lens use possible for many people for the first time - and they have many advantages over normal contact lenses as well including, fit, comfort, and visual acuity.

A scleral lens gets its name because it sits on the sclera, or the white part of the eye, rather than the iris (the colored part of the eye). Because a scleral lens sits on the sclera, it stays off the more sensitive areas of the eye. Friction and discomfort are virtually eliminated.

What Are The Advantages Of Scleral Lenses? It’s All In The Shape!

Scleral Lenses Are More Wearable And Protect Your Eyes Better

The vaulted dome design of scleral lenses offers unique advantages over traditional contact lens design. Scleral lenses move around much less than regular contacts, making them superior for physical activity, with far less irritation.

The vaulted dome shape of a scleral lens provides a smooth replacement corneal surface, improving vision for people with corneal scarring or corneal irregularities due to LASIK eye surgery complications, Keratoconus, or other eye conditions.

The design of the lens creates a pocket of space between the eye and the lens. The lens is filled with lubricating saline solution before insertion, providing hydration and comfort all day long.
The size of the lens means that your eyes are more protected from debris, dust, and other allergens, making it a good solution for someone that also suffers from eye allergies.

Enjoy Better Vision

Scleral lenses also provide unparalleled visual acuity by shielding the damaged cornea with a perfect optical surface. Its larger design means the lens is firmly in place, which further enhances vision when compared to traditional lenses. Due to their size and shape, scleral lenses provide greater durability, easier handling and a lower risk for complications. The Sclerals Center At Coastal Family Eyecare has a wide range of custom scleral contact solutions that can work for you.

Scleral Lenses For Keratoconus And Other Eye Conditions

Because of the unique shape and comfort of scleral lenses, they are an ideal solution for people with the following eye conditions:

  • Keratoconus
  • Severe Dry Eyes
  • Post-refractive surgical complications
  • Post LASIK eye surgery complications
  • Post RK eye surgery complications
  • Post PRK eye surgery complications
  • Severe astigmatism
  • Stevens-Johnson Syndrome
  • Trauma to the cornea
  • Corneal ectasia,
  • Sjogren's Syndrome
  • Post Corneal Graft
  • Irregular Cornea
  • Severe Dry Eye
  • Ocular Pemphigoid
  • Giant Papillary Conjunctivitis (GPC)

Rarer conditions include:

  • Map-dot-fingerprint dystrophy
  • Basal membrane dystrophy
  • Meesman's dystrophy
  • Reis-Bückler's Granular dystrophy
  • Thiel-Benke's dystrophy
  • Macular dystrophy

Because of the unique shape and comfort of scleral lenses, they are an ideal solution for people with certain eye conditions:

Following Eye Conditions Are:
  • Keratoconus
  • Severe Dry Eyes
  • Post-refractive surgical complications
  • Post LASIK eye surgery complications
  • Post RK eye surgery complications
  • Post PRK eye surgery complications
  • Severe astigmatism
  • Stevens-Johnson Syndrome
  • Trauma to the cornea
  • Corneal ectasia
  • Sjogren's Syndrome
  • Post Corneal Graft
  • Irregular Cornea
  • Severe Dry Eye
  • Ocular Pemphigoid
  • Giant Papillary Conjunctivitis (GPC)

Rarer conditions include:

  • Map-dot-fingerprint dystrophy
  • Basal membrane dystrophy
  • Meesman's dystrophy
  • Reis-Bückler's Granular dystrophy
  • Thiel-Benke's dystrophy
  • Macular dystrophy
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Scleral Lenses For Keratoconus And Other Eye Conditions

The clear tissue on the eye’s outermost surface covering the pupil and the iris is called the cornea. The cornea’s function is to bend and focus light going into the eyes. Normally, the cornea has a smooth shape to provide clear vision. When the shape of the cornea becomes irregular, the light entering the eyes is not focused properly. Consequently, an individual will suffer distorted and irregular vision.

Keratoconus is a condition of the cornea that affects between .1% to .5% of the population, or 300 thousand to 1.6 million Americans. Keratoconus causes severe vision loss and discomfort but can be effectively corrected with scleral contact lenses. The Sclerals Center At Coastal Family Eyecare provides advanced eye care for keratoconus patients from all over the state of Florida including many patients from Pensacola,Orange Beach,Tallahassee, and Mobile.

Our eye doctor has helped many patients, who were once legally blind due to their corneal scarring, regain excellent vision after being properly fit with scleral lenses.

People suffering from severe dry eye can find therapeutic benefits from transitioning to custom designed scleral lenses. Sclerals keep the cornea moisturized and protected while minimizing irritation to the eyelids and the rest of the eye.

Scleral lenses are extremely effective at correcting high astigmatism and irregular astigmatism. Because of their rigidity, scleral lenses can correct astigmatism to allow for excellent vision.

Scleral contacts are an ideal option for anyone that is severely nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism. For presbyopia patients, scleral contacts can be designed as multifocal contacts to correct nearsightedness and farsightedness. Because scleral lenses are firmly positioned on the eye and do not move as soft contact lenses do, they provide unmatchable comfort compared to standard multifocal lenses.

All scleral lenses rest on the white part of the eye, the sclera. Our optometrist, Dr. Leonard, will customize the scleral lenses by determining the exact diameter and space between the cornea and sclera. Some scleral lenses may have a space of a few millimeters, called mini scleral lenses, while standard scleral lenses are larger, full sized lenses. The larger scleral lenses are often recommended on very irregular corneal surfaces.

Scleral Lenses Are The Gold Standard Of Contact Lens Comfort And Work For Just About Anyone
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We Asked Five Patients About Their Experience With Scleral Lenses

How Has Your Vision Been Since Switching To Scleral Lenses?

It has been very clear, a lot better than my soft contacts and a lot more comfortable all day. My favorite thing is that I can tell that my vision is corrected as perfectly as it can.

How Did Your Life Change When You Got Scleral Lenses?

It changed dramatically, I am a traveling nurse, driving early morning and late at night. I can now drive at night and the lights don't bother me, It has helped me tremendously for my job. I have been wearing sclerals for over 3 years and I could never go back to regular hard contacts.

Tell Us What Your Vision Was Like With Your Old Contacts?

I had 20/50 vision with contact lenses, and now I can see 20/25 and I have gone down on my reading glasses from 2.0 to 1.5. And the great part is I can’t even tell I have anything in my eyes. The biggest thing about sclerals is keeping them clean and taking care of them.

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What Is Your History Before Sclerals?

I was a keratoconus patient, I first had a corneal transplant on one eye and then the other. Did you try contacts after corneal transplant? I did but after 2 hours they hurt too much. Tell me the difference in your vision? There are no words to articulate, when I look at people I see detail like never before, it is like night and day.

Have Sclerals Changed Your Life? 

In middle school I was diagnosed with Astigmatism and wore contact lenses, but in college, I started having issues and was diagnosed as having the early stages Keratoconus. I went to a lot of eye doctors, tried a lot of contacts, and eventually I underwent corneal transplant. The surgery was not successful, and my vision remained as it was before surgery. Driving at night was no longer something that I could do because of blinding glare. Scleral Lenses literally changed my life, I didn’t know what I was missing.

Common Questions
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Unlike regular contact lenses, scleral lenses are custom fit to the eye, requiring significantly more training on the part of the optometrist, expensive equipment, and multiple visits to achieve the optimal fit. In addition to the fitting process, the patient must also be trained on how to properly care, insert, and remove scleral lenses. Because of these reasons, professional fees associated with fitting scleral lenses and lens replacement costs are higher than other contact lenses. We are happy to discuss your specific costs and payment options based on your individual needs.

Does Vision Or Medical Insurance Cover The Cost Of Scleral Lenses?

Scleral lenses are not automatically covered by vision or medical insurance. Most insurances will reimburse the costs for scleral lenses when medically necessary, yet the rates and restrictions vary greatly from one vision insurance provider to the next.

Depending on your plan, some of the costs associated with professional fitting or lenses may be covered. In general, medical insurances do not cover scleral lens fittings. Our insurance team will provide assistance in helping you apply any insurance benefits towards your scleral lenses. However, given that insurance policies vary widely we cannot guarantee how much coverage you will receive from your insurance.

Note: Scleral lenses are hard lenses and last far longer than soft contact lenses. While their costs may be greater, their lifespan and benefits often become an affordable investment.

  • Consultation and testing (Digital Imaging)
  • Scleral Lens Fitting
  • Dispensing of the Lens
  • Scleral Lens training for care, insertion and removal
  • Scleral Lens Follow up(s) for micro adjustments

Dr. Leonard fits custom scleral lenses that are designed to match the exact contours of your eye. We begin by using a topographer to digitally map out the exact dimensions and shape of your eye. Based on these measurements, a scleral lens is customized to ensure maximum comfort and acuity. Scleral lenses are crafted using microscopic adjustments for an ideal fit. Plus, our office carries the latest technology to ensure the highest level of care and precision in developing each scleral lens.

Our optometrist, Dr. Leonard, has experience fitting a wide variety of specialty contact lenses for virtually any type of hard-to-fit contact lens patient. Scleral lenses are often the go-to lens for our patients due to their higher level of quality and unique features.

Our inventory of diagnostic contact lenses enables our optometrist to examine, test and prescribe the most suitable lenses for your eye-care needs. Our patients are often deeply touched by the enormous sense of relief they feel when they are able to manage their keratoconus and other corneal conditions successfully without surgery.

What Our Patients Are Saying...

Meet Our Scleral Lens Optometrist

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Sarah Brown

Optometric Technician
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Cheri Vanderbye

Optical Sales Associate
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Moira Leonard

Optometric Assistant, Receptionist
Moira has been working at Coastal Family Eyecare since the summer Dr. Leonard opened her first location. Moira is often found at the front desk helping you schedule an appointment or answering your questions about insurance. She also helps in assisting the doctors with pretesting and the optical with adjustments...

Shannon Haines

Receptionist, Optical Assistant
Shannon is most often found helping in Reception and Optical in Pensacola. Shannon has been working in optical since 2008 and she has a lot of knowledge that she brings to the table. She loves this practice because of how much it feels like a family, and she truly enjoys...
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Heather Kimmons

Optical Technician
Heather, our Optical Associate, has been an enthusiastic part of the team since 2017. She has been working in the optical business since 2007! She brings a decade’s worth of experience to the office and has a passion for designing lenses that give patients their best vision. When she’s not...
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Suzy Penton LDO

Optician/ Office Manager
Suzy Penton is our Licensed Dispensing Optician and our office greatly values her 31 years of optical experience. She has been licensed since 1991 so it is safe to say Suzy knows her job. Even better, Suzy loves her job because it proves to be an interesting combination of many...
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Dr. Mary Charbonneau OD

Dr. Mary Charbonneau is a Florida native and has been an optometrist since 1999, graduating from Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry. She completed a residency at the VA Medical Center in Tennessee through Southern College of Optometry. She practiced in Jacksonville, FL for 8 years with a large Ophthalmology...
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Dr. Clare Leonard OD

Dr. Clare L. Leonard graduated from the University of Alabama School of Optometry in 2001 with honors. She received both a Bachelors and a Masters degree in Biology from UAB. Prior to attending the University of Alabama in Birmingham, she attended the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa and was a...
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Other Specialty Contact Lens Fittings In Pensacola

Our practice specializes in custom contact lens fittings for a wide range of specialty contact lenses. This includes:

  • Gas permeable (GP) and rigid gas permeable (RGP) lenses
  • Multifocal contact lens fitting for presbyopia and myopia
  • Soft daily lenses for moderate dry eye, discomfort, and eye allergies
  • Scleral lenses for patients with keratoconus, corneal scarring, severe dry eyes, corneal transplants, and irregular astigmatism.

Specialized in fitting scleral lenses, Dr. Leonard , together with the attentive staff at The Sclerals Center At Coastal Family Eyecare, will ensure that you receive top-notch eye care for all your vision needs.

We help patients come from all over Florida including Pensacola, Orange Beach, Tallahassee, Mobile

  • Some people experience discomfort when wearing gas permeable lenses, and for those patients, scleral lenses are a much better alternative. Learn why that is.
  • When it comes to your eyes, it's important to know with whom to set up an appointment. In this article, we explain the differences in eye care professionals.
  • Scleral lenses provide astigmatic patients with improved visual acuity and comfort while keeping eyes hydrated all day. Learn why and how it works.
  • Scleral lenses are a great solution for those with Keratoconus, as they offer sharp vision and improved comfort.
  • The many benefits associated with scleral lenses render them a popular and satisfying choice for patients desiring a clear and comfortable vision.
  • Scleral lenses can be used for patients with keratoconus, for those requiring vision correction after eye surgery, and to treat many other eye conditions and disorders. Moreover, patients who struggle with prescription eyeglasses and contact lenses can now experience comfortable, superior vision by wearing scleral lenses.
  • Collagen Cross-Linking, or CXL, is considered an ideal treatment for Keratoconus because the procedure flattens and strengthens the cornea, helping to reverse its misshapen form back to its correct one.
  • Many people have trouble wearing contact lenses, whether due to corneal conditions, such as keratoconus, or other problems such as sensitivity or chronic dry eye. However, an eye doctor trained in fitting contact lenses can successfully fit these "hard-to-fit" patients with scleral lenses, which deliver impressive visual clarity and unparalleled comfort.
  • Following a corneal transplant, patients often require specialty contact lenses to  achieve clear and comfortable vision.
  • Read about the pros and cons of gas permeable lenses and learn how scleral lenses can benefit your vision and comfort levels.
  • People with dry eyes typically struggle with wearing traditional contact lenses. Scleral lenses, however, contain a liquid reservoir which provide eye moisture, thus providing patients with clear vision and comfort all day long.
  • Eye complications following LASIK surgery, PRK, or RK can be remedied by wearing scleral lenses. They are the ideal option in providing clear and comfortable vision.

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