Our Doctors

Dr. Jonathan B. Lappen

A native of Pittsburgh, PA, Dr. Jonathan B. Lappen graduated from Ithaca College in New York with a bachelor’s degree in biology. He earned an additional degree in visual sciences as well as a Doctor of Optometry degree, with clinical honors, from the distinguished Pennsylvania College of Optometry in Philadelphia. He interned with some of the nation’s top eye care professionals at Wills Eye Hospital and Einstein Hospital in Philadelphia, Associates in Ophthalmology in Pittsburgh and Eye Doctors of Washington in Washington, DC.

Dr. Jonathan Lappen returned to his wife’s home state of Louisiana in 2008 and joined the prestigious private practice of St. Charles Vision.   He was named clinical director and held that position until returning home to Pittsburgh in 2018.

Dr. Lappen is a member of the Pennsylvania Optometric Association and the American Optometric Association, and Western Pennsylvania Optometric Society. He specializes in comprehensive and emergency eye care and the medical management of eye disease.

Dr. Lappen enjoys running, waterskiing and watching sports. He and his wife Michelle are proud parents of two sons, Matthew and Shai.

Dr. Richard D. Lappen

Dr. Richard D. Lappen graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry in 1976.  He earned his Doctor of Optometry degree, with honors,  from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry in Philadelphia.  Dr. Richard Lappen has been in private practice for over 35 years, starting his own practice in 1980, specializing in fitting and evaluating all types of contact lenses and managing many eye conditions. 

Dr. Lappen is board-certified in therapeutic medications in Pennsylvania and is a member of the American Optometric Association, Pennsylvania Optometric Association, a charter member of the AOA Corneal and Contact Lens Section, and the Westmoreland Chamber of Commerce.

When he’s not working with patients, he’s busy keeping up with his grandkids. He and his wife Stephanie have four grandsons.

The safety and health of our community is a top priority.

Our offices are OPEN for routine vision care (eyeglasses and contact lenses) and ocular emergency services. However, we would like to let patients and their families know that we are closely monitoring the Coronavirus situation and daily developments. We are relying on information provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Healthcare Professional Offices regarding Coronavirus.

We are encouraging sick patients to call ahead and reschedule appointments if they have any symptoms of respiratory illness, cough, or fever.  As an added precaution the following procedures will take effect immediately and continue until the foreseeable future:

    • In line with social distancing guidance, we are reducing the number of available appointments in our offices.
    • We are encouraging that only the patient and up to one family member be present for visits.
    • We will immediately bring patients back to exam rooms to limit congregation in the waiting room.
    • We encourage shipping all contact lenses directly to your home (in most cases for an annual supply of lenses, this is at NO extra charge).
    • Curbside pick-up available upon request – call from our parking lot.
    • As always, Drs. Lappen are available for telephone consultations if needed.

    • Please call our office if you have an urgent/emergent eye need. We will be able to provide you with specific appointment times.
Precautions and safety measures are taken every day to ensure the health of our patients and staff. This will continue to be a top priority at our practices.

Please do not hesitate to call our office if you have any further questions.
Drs. Lappen and Staff