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



What is Ortho-K?

If you are nearsighted when you look at distant objects the light entering your eye focuses in front of the retina resulting in blurry vision. This condition called myopia can be corrected by wearing glasses or contact lenses through laser surgery or now with a procedure called Orthokeratology.

Orthokeratology often referred to simply as Ortho-K is a reversible non-surgical process that uses a specialty contact lens to gently reshape the cornea of your eye while you sleep. Highly oxygen permeable contact lenses are used to reduce or correct mild to moderate amounts of myopia (nearsightedness) and mild astigmatism. In some ways it is similar to the use of dental braces by an orthodontist to straighten and realign teeth in a specific position. The only difference is that the cornea (front surface of the eye) is highly elastic and fluid and will always return to its original shape. For this reason the lenses are worn nightly or alternate nights once the ideal corneal shape has been achieved to maintain good vision throughout the day. The benefit of the cornea being so elastic is that upon discontinuation of wear the cornea will flex back to its original shape.

Why Have Ortho-K Done?

  • The main purpose of Ortho-K is to be free of both contact lenses and spectacles during the day.
  • It is ideal for individuals involved in sports or for those individuals who work in dusty and dirty environments where other types of vision correction may be inhibiting.
  • Rigid gas permeable lenses have been fitted to reduce the myopic increase seen in teenagers and shown to stabilize or retard the progression of myopia (nearsightedness).
  • Some long-term contact lens wearers develop sensitivity to their traditional lenses which results in reduced wearing time or awareness. Ortho-K can solve these problems.

If you are interested in Ortho-K lenses you should discuss this option with your eyecare practitioner. The first step in determining if you are a candidate for Ortho-K lenses is a comprehensive eye exam. An instrument called a corneal topographer takes digital images of the surface curvature and shape of the eye. This gives your practitioner a chance to both assess the general condition and health of the eyes as well as determine the likelihood of success.

A pair of trial lenses are then prescribed for overnight wear. The following morning the lenses will be removed and another assessment and topographic map made. If the fit needs to be modified the measurements of the trial lenses will be utilized to design a second set of lenses. Once your practitioner has established the correct fit that can reduce your myopia to the best achievable point a custom pair of Ortho-K lenses will be ordered. The lenses will be worn nightly for one week and then assessed once again. The follow-up visits are essential in maintaining the health of the eye and the effectiveness of the lenses.

In the past Ortho-K used hard and rigid gas permeable lenses. However dramatic technological advances have resulted in new manufacturing methods that use highly oxygen permeable lens materials and more sophisticated lens designs. These new lenses are called ‘reverse geometry lenses’ and they are designed to gently re-shape the cornea. Most of the vision changes occur rapidly in the first few days. It may take a few months for maximal results and stability.

What are the advantages of Ortho-K lenses?

Ortho-K lenses are an excellent alternative for those who are uncomfortable with the risks associated with laser eye surgery or for those who do not want to wear eyeglasses or contact lenses during the day. The procedure is reversible non-invasive and can be modified.

Am I a candidate for Ortho-K lenses?

There is no age restriction to wear Ortho-K lenses as they can benefit children and adults alike. Ortho-K lenses are an excellent treatment option for nearsighted children whose prescription changes rapidly as they may prevent increases in myopia and retard progressive changes. However they are solely designed for people with mild to moderate amounts of myopia or astigmatism.

People who are not good candidates for Ortho-K lenses include those who:

  • Have an eye disease or abnormality affecting the cornea conjunctiva or eyelid
  • Suffer from dry eye
  • Experience allergic ocular reactions that might be exacerbated by contact lenses
  • Have severe cases of myopia or astigmatism
  • Have an abnormally shaped cornea

How much does Ortho-K cost?

The cost involved in Ortho-K is higher than the cost of standard contact lenses as they must be custom designed to fit your eye and the duration of treatment and number of lenses required depends on the patient. Individual eyecare practitioners determine the fees for Ortho-K lenses although the cost is generally half the cost of laser surgery.

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