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
Smoking and Vision

By quitting smoking you offer your eyes a chance to see well into the future.Smokers are consistently bombarded with information about how much damage cigarettes inflict on the lungs and heart. Little data is provided about the ill-effects of smoking on the eyes arguably the most important human sense. Studies have shown that of all five of our senses eyesight is the one that people are most anxious about losing; quitting smoking may be easier knowing that your eyes are suffering a little bit with every puff.

Everyone who has been to a bar or club where smoking is allowed knows that your eyes sting water and blink more often when exposed to smoke. Your eyes can become incredibly itchy and they get much worse if you rub them. And this is just the beginning - these are just the outward physical effects! When you inhale cigarette smoke thousands of chemicals & toxins (approximately 4000 kinds) get into your bloodstream and can travel throughout your body.

One particularly smoke-sensitive area of the eye is the macula which is the most susceptible part of the retina and also happens to be the centre of our vision. It is the area in which we have our sharpest acuity. The retina is the light-sensitive layer of tissue that lines the back of the eyeball sending visual impulses through the optic nerve to the brain. The macula helps us to see fine details and colours and is absolutely essential for good central vision. The toxins in cigarette smoke are very destructive to the smallest blood vessels in our bodies (capillaries)and the macula has one of the highest densities of capillaries in the body. When you smoke these capillaries are damaged. Years of smoking can result in levels of damage that can drastically reduce the efficiency of these vessels thereby affecting their ability to adequately deliver oxygen and remove waste products to and from the cells of the macula. Over time the cells of the macula may slowly die leading to permanent loss of vision. This is macular degeneration - a condition that is partially genetic and partially environmental. The environmental contributors are smoking diet and exposure to ultraviolet rays. We have no control over our genetic make-up but we do have control over the environmental factors like smoking.

Smokers also seem to be more susceptible to developing cataracts. In fact smokers are 60 percent more likely to suffer from age-related cataracts. This applies particularly to a form of cataract that appears on the inner surface of the eye lens called a posterior subcapsular cataract. This type is difficult to remove with surgery and it affects smokers three times more than non-smokers.

All parts of the body are interconnected; if one part is suffering then it is more than likely that another part will be adversely affected. Cigarettes can reduce levels of plasma antioxidant a substance in the bloodstream that protects retinal cells. Because of this the protective layer between the retina and its blood-supplying vessels begins to erode resulting in poor circulation irritation and possible scarring.

When a smoker quits recovery begins almost immediately. The benefits of stopping are monumental - arteries begin to loosen up breathing returns to normal there is no more odour in your hair or on your clothes and perhaps best of all your eyes benefit enormously. By quitting smoking you offer your eyes a chance to see well into the future.

For more information on quitting and its benefits visit: http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hecs-sesc/tobacco/quitting/index.html

For a youth-oriented quitting site visit: http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hecs-sesc/tobacco/youth/index.html

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