Dr. Shalu Pal

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    --Seleena J
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  • "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.
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    --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



The time before the procedure will give you a chance to visit with your ophthalmologist and ask any last minute questions...

How long does the procedure take?

The actual laser procedure itself usually takes less than a minute per eye. It can take a little longer or a little less depending on the correction done. Including preparation time you can expect LASIK will take approximately 10-15 minutes per eye.

Your office visit on the day of the procedure should take about an hour and a half. It s important to show up at the appointed time and leave the remainder of your day free. You won t be spending your whole day at the laser center but it s very helpful to be able to simply rest and relax after the procedure. The time before the procedure will give you a chance to visit with your ophthalmologist and ask any last minute questions as well as complete any testing that remains.

Will I be awake during the procedure?

Yes. You will be awake and alert for your LASIK procedure. You may even be asked to assist in aligning the laser for the procedure by keeping your gaze fixed on a blinking red light.

Does it hurt?

Most patients experience little - if any - discomfort during their actual procedure. This is because anaesthetic (pain numbing) drops keep the eye from feeling anything at all while the operation is in progress. After the operation some LASIK patients may notice mild irritation. They may also experience a little sensitivity to light and perhaps have some watering of the eyes for a day or two after the procedure. In terms of pain and recovery LASIK is a mild procedure from which patients recover quickly.

Will I Need Glasses or Contacts again?

The great majority of laser vision correction patients do not need glasses for normal distance vision tasks (sports or driving). Some people choose to wear glasses after laser vision correction in order to get the sharpest vision or to help with demanding visual tasks like night driving.

People in their mid-40s and older who have good distance vision in both eyes will need correction for reading. This is an entirely normal condition called presbyopia and has nothing to do with laser vision correction. After a certain age everyone who has excellent distance vision will need some kind of correction for reading. From about age 45 onward the only people who can read without glasses are people who are slightly nearsighted and they can t see clearly at distance!

If you are over 40 and after discussion with your doctor would like to be glasses-free for both distance and near vision laser vision correction can correct one eye for distance vision and the other eye for near vision. This is a technique called monovision. Many people over 40 find monovision highly satisfactory but it is very important to discuss it carefully in advance with your eye doctor. If you are interested in monovision you can try it out first with contact lenses. Ask your eye doctor for a trial.

Can I Go Blind From The Laser?

This is an easy question. The answer is "No." No one has ever been blinded by the laser and no one is ever likely to be. The excimer laser beam works on the very top-most layer of eye tissue that it strikes. Each successive pulse of the laser removes just a tiny amount of tissue from this top-most layer. No energy from the laser penetrates below the surface of the eye. This is what makes the excimer laser so safe!

That doesn t mean that nothing can go wrong during laser vision correction. There are risks and you should be aware of them. However being blinded by the laser isn t one of the risks.

What Are The Risks Or Side Effects?

The chance of a serious complication with laser eye surgery is very low - less than 1 percent. However there is some risk. Your consultant will discuss these with you. Some side effects which are nearly always temporary are:

  • halos or starbursts around lights and bright objects at night
  • haze (usually slight) during the healing process
  • discomfort during the first 2 - 3 days following the procedure - for example ,mild irritation,

light sensitivity,watery eyes. This is easily treated with medication.

Other risks again uncommon are vision regression (most often treated with an enhancement procedure) loss of best corrected vision (most often temporary and usually treated with an enhancement procedure) infection (extremely rare and is easily treated with medication) and under/over-correction (treated with an enhancement procedure).

Should Both Eyes Be Corrected At One Time?

The choice is yours. Our experience research and patient tracking data tells us that there is very little additional risk associated with surgery that is performed on both eyes at one time. It is obviously more convenient to have both eyes done at once. In addition some people find it difficult to function during the time that they have only one eye corrected.

How Do I Know If LASIK Is Right For Me?

The answer to this falls into two categories: medical history and lifestyle implications. Medically your eyes must be in good health and your refractive prescription should be stable. Reduced dependence on corrective eyewear will enhance a very active lifestyle. For people in certain occupations it can also help you to perform better on the job.

Your consultant or doctor will be pleased to provide more detail or answer any other questions you may have.

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