Rummel Eye Care
Rummel Eye Care

2206 West County Line Road
Jackson, NJ 08527

Appointments:
(732) 364-4111

Free consultation for people with macular degeneration:
(888) 838-0188

Dr. Errol Rummel
Optometric Physician

 

Non-Surgical Techniques at Rummel Eye Care

Rummel Eye Care provides many safe and effective non-surgical means of vision improvement, such as: (1) Corneal Refractive Therapy (CRT); (2) Vision Therapy; (3) Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation.Paragon CRT

Corneal Refractive Therapy (CRT)

CRT: A Safe Non-Surgical Alternative to LASIK Surgery

No More Glasses

Can you imagine the joy of waking up in the morning and not having to wear glasses or contact lenses during the day? It would free you up for a host of activities that you may otherwise avoid because of your need to wear glasses or contact lenses.

There is a revolutionary non-surgical treatment that improves your natural vision in a matter of hours / days / weeks. Your nearsightedness and astigmatism may improve dramatically the next day after your first fitting with these specially designed contact lens-like night wear appliances.

This new medical method is called Corneal Refractive Therapy, and it works. The CRT procedure is achieved in a unique way. To safely and gently improve vision, the patient wears specially designed contact lenses-like custom designed appliances while sleeping to gently change the shape of the cornea (the front curvature of the eye).Four Stages of Lens Fitting

CRT is safe, effective and best of all non-surgical.

One very pleased patient wrote: "What a great way to improve vision without surgery. I wore my CRT appliances for a week and what a difference it has made in my natural vision and correcting my nearsightedness. I can go all day without the help of glasses or contact lenses."

Refractive errors is the term used for vision disorders which relate to how your eye focuses light and whether or not you have good, unaided (glasses and contact lenses) vision. The word refraction is used to describe the way light is focused on the back of your eye (retina). The three factors that influence how your eye refracts (bends) rays of light are the curvature of your cornea, the power of your lens, and the length of your eye.

Nearsightedness

Myopia occurs when the curvature of the cornea is too steep and/or the length of the eye is too long. As the light rays pass through the steeper central cornea, they are refracted too much and come to a point of focus in front of the retina. This creates a blurred image. People with myopia experience blurred vision at a distance, but may see well close up. Normal eyesight is present when light rays strike the retina, causing a clear image to form.

The curvature of the cornea and the axial length of the eyeball are responsible for myopia. With Corneal Refractive Therapy (CRT), contact lenses are used to reduce the corneal curvature and thus the myopia, which improves unaided visual acuity. Patients with mild to moderate myopia are excellent candidates for CRT. Patients with mild to moderate myopia are excellent candidates for CRT.

Astigmatism

Many patients with myopia have some degree of astigmatism. This means that your cornea, rather than being completely round in shape, similar to a ball, may be slightly oval and shaped more like a football. People with astigmatism experience blurred vision and sometimes distortion or tilting of images due to unequal bending of the rays of light entering their eyes.

In astigmatism, light entering the eye focuses in multiple areas rather than in one location. High degrees of astigmatism will cause blurred vision for both far and near objects. For example, the image observed on the backside of a spoon is quite distorted and demonstrates a very high degree of astigmatism. Astigmatism often causes eye strain and headaches as well as blurred vision. Patients with myopia who have small amounts of astigmatism are also candidates for CRT.

The Accelerated CRT Procedure for Treatment of Myopia is Safer

The reshaping of the cornea by means of corneal molding does not compromise the corneal integrity and is reversible. On the other hand, refractive surgical shaping of the cornea (LASIK) always creates permanent irreversible changes to the corneal tissue. Corneal tissue is permanently removed by the laser during corneal refractive surgery.

Mapping Your Cornea

Before CRT appliances are applied to your eyes there is a measuring of the curvature of your cornea. This latest procedure of CRT is painless and done with a sophisticated computerized instrument called a Corneal Topographer, often called Corneal Mapping.

The elevation, shape, and power changes of the cornea are displayed with sophisticated colored maps along with a variety of other computerized displays. This latest method of measuring the cornea is true state-of-the-art for analyzing the initial topography of the cornea and subsequent changes as the corneal molding therapy progresses.

Paragon CRTHow Does CRT Work?

Many patients ask, "How can specially designed and customized contact-lens like appliances possibly improve my vision without surgery?" As mentioned, due to skillful design of the appliances, when worn at night they gently mold the central curvature of the front of the eye without removal of corneal tissue. This method of reshaping reduces the light refracting power of the cornea and reduces or eliminates nearsightedness and astigmatism.

The high-tech, therapeutic appliances are manufactured using carefully constructed lathes to create the rigid, gas-permeable material that allows enough oxygen to pass through the lens, so the cornea receives sufficient oxygen, to allow the eye to remain healthy even while sleeping. Until a few years ago the technology to manufacture these special appliances had not been developed. Now, the CRT appliances can breath oxygen that allows people to sleep with them over their cornea. Also, the new appliances allow as much as twice the vision improvement in considerably less time than previously. CRT is FDA approved for adults and children.

Rapid Improvement in Vision

Most of the visual changes that occur rapidly with CRT happen in the first few days to a week. Following the accelerated change to better vision, stabilization procedures then follow at a slower pace over the next few weeks to months.

After treatment and maximum desired results are accomplished, retainer appliances (like retainers on the teeth) are worn at night as necessary to stabilize the results.

Benefits

CRT is safe, rapid and effective.

Call us today for an eye examination. Find out if you or your family member is a good candidate!

There's more to healthy eyes than 20/20 eyesight!