Dr. Shalu Pal

  • "If you want quality and wonderful service, please go to Dr. Shalu Pal! The patience, care, and true concern that Dr. Pal has for her clients is wonderful. "

    --Seleena J
  • " I was pleasantly surprised by finding a hidden gem within Dr. Pal's office"

  • "Finally a doctor who is extremely knowledgeable, patient and explains things clearly. She is a wonderful human being who really takes the time to care for your needs. The office has a wonderful atmosphere and the staff are just as helpful as Dr. Pal. "

  • "I couldn't ask for a better Optometrist. She is a delight to deal with, very patient, helpful and extremely knowledgeable. She was very good with my kids who can be very fussy at times.. And who could ask for a more beautiful location. Highly Recommend! "

    --Natalie M.
  • "My wife and I, highly recommend Dr. Pal. The staff, the service, the merchandise, are all top notch. They really make you feel welcomed. It has been several years since I have been able to see this well !!! You and your staff are the best !!!! "

    --Steve and Maria L.
  • "We barely go to optometrists so when we do, we should look for the best! I am super pleased I chose Dr. Pal\'s office. They were helpful from beginning to end, from booking on the phone to my actual visit. Dr. Pal was very detailed and went in-depth about my eye health. She is very patient and made me feel calm. The optician helped me pick a great pair of glasses, they were genuinely friendly which is a huge bonus."

    --Ahmad S
  • "I have been going to Dr. Pal for several years now. My most recent visit on June 6, 2016 was the best experience there that I have ever had. Firstly, the women on the desk were friendly and efficient - a very good prelude to my examination. Dr. Pal, herself, was, as usual, very thorough and encouraging in her examination. And she puts you at ease before we get into the eyes examination by discussing other things in life. That helps to ease any stress I may have. And they now have a man in the office who does that difficult examination (name of which I do not know!). He is so patient and encouraging and made the exam not so difficult for me this time. After all that, I saw Dr. Pal again before I left and she told me my eyes were good! Even had the news been not so good, I believe that I would be able to handle it because I truly believe that Dr. Pal and her staff would have taken good care of me. I will always go back to Dr. Pal and members of her team because I truly believe"

    --A. Howlett
  • " I have been to a few appointments at Dr. Pal\'s office over the last year for dry eye issues and every time it has been a very positive experience. The 3 receptionists at the front desk are warm and friendly. They are attentive and provide a very high level of customer service. I appreciate that they call me by name and remembered conversations we had at previous visits. I find Dr. Pal to be an excellent practitioner who is very thorough with her exams, has a lovely personality and takes the time to answer any and all questions that may arise. I am happy with the computer glasses I purchased and value the honest opinions I received from the staff when selecting frames. It was refreshing to have multiple opinions on styles and I felt they truly wanted me to walk out with a frame that was best suited to me. I highly recommend Dr. Pal \'s office! As a health care practitioner myself, I think all health care experiences should be this personilzed and friendly!"

    --A. Mclean
Infant Development

Infants It is not until they are several weeks old before they can see their first primary colour which is red. The wonders of the world are often first encountered through the eyes of a child. Yet without good vision a child s ability to learn about the world becomes more difficult. Vision problems affect one in 20 preschoolers and one in four school-age children. Since many vision problems begin at an early age it is very important that children receive proper eye care. Untreated eye problems can worsen and lead to other serious problems as well as affect learning ability personality and adjustment in school.

While babies are still in the womb they are able to differentiate between light and dark. At birth they are able to see shapes by following the lines where light and dark meet. However it is not until they are several weeks old before they can see their first primary colour which is red. It is thus no wonder that they prefer highly contrasted patterns to plain surfaces.

Babies minds grow and develop rapidly during their first year and proper stimulation can increase curiosity attention span memory and the development of the nervous system. It is therefore very important to give your baby plenty of colourful and interesting things to see.

   * Try bold black and white patterns like checkerboards
     bull s eyes
     stripes and dots.
   * Install mobiles and crib panels.
   * Offer rattles
     and stuffed animals.
   * Read lots of books. Your baby will benefit both from the images and from your company.

The stages of development are as follows:

The acuity (sharpness of vision) of newborns is less than fully developed. They can see 10" to 12"—the distance to their mother s face when nursing. They love faces and high contrast objects. Newborns have pupils that are initially smaller in size and react more slowly to light than adult pupils.

Three months: They are beginning to be able to track a moving object although it takes nearly 4 years to fully develop adult like tracking of moving objects. Highly graphic mobiles and toys can stimulate their visual development. At this age babies are beginning to develop their depth perception and they will attempt to grasp at objects even though it may take them several attempts before they succeed.

Six months: The retina is fairly well-developed. Babies at this age can see small details while distance and depth perception continue to improve. They may develop a real interest in books. By this age a baby’s pupils have developed to near adult-sized and they react to light in the same manner as an adults.

One year: At this age a child will begin to use both eyes together to judge distances and can grasp and throw objects with greater accuracy. Eye-hand coordination is enhanced by games involving pointing grasping tossing placing and catching. The colour of an infant’s eyes is now stable and will rarely change dramatically. If you see that your baby has two different coloured eyes and/or two pupils of different size you should make an appointment with your eye-care practitioner.

Vision Exams

The best way to protect your baby s eyes is through regular professional examinations. Certain infectious congenital or hereditary eye diseases may be present at birth or develop shortly thereafter. When treated early their impact can be greatly minimized.

A baby’s eyes should be examined by your eye-care provider at six months and regularly throughout their life.

If your baby exhibits any of these signs you should consult an eye doctor or pediatrician immediately:

   * Apparent loss of vision
   * Rubs eyes excessively
   * Shuts or covers more than one eye
   * Blinks more than usual
   * Squints eyelids together or frowns
   * Has misaligned eyes after the fourth month
   * Has bulging of one or both eyes
   * Has recurrent eye infections
   * Has red-rimmed
     encrusted or swollen eyelids
   * Has inflamed or watery eyes

Some children have an increased risk of eye problems and should have a professional vision exam as soon as possible. These include children whose mother had medical problems during pregnancy or children with a family history of congenital eye disorders.

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