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


Presbyopia (>pres-be-O-pe-ah) is a vision condition caused by the aging of the eye. It affects nearly everyone by the age of 50. The Crystalline lens of the eye thickens throughout life making it harder and less flexible over time. The progressive loss of elasticity of the lens results in the eye becoming less capable of focusing on close objects. Tasks like reading small print and computer work become more difficult. Distance vision however is usually unaffected.

Presbyopia might seem to occur suddenly but the actual loss of flexibility transpires over a number of years. It typically becomes noticeable in the early to mid-forties as it is a natural part of the aging process of the eye. It is not a disease and is not preventable but once diagnosed treatment can relieve eyestrain and improve near vision clarity. The visual effects caused by presbyopia can slowly worsen for several years but will stabilize between the ages of 65 and 70.


When people develop presbyopia they have the tendency to hold reading material at arm’s length to focus properly. Other symptoms include:

  • Headaches or eye strain when performing near work
  • Blurred vision at normal reading distances
  • Needing brighter lights to see clearly

If you are under the age of 40 and notice difficulty reading uncorrected hyperopia (farsightedness) may be the cause. This is easily corrected with contact lenses or eyeglasses.

To help compensate for presbyopia your eye care practitioner may prescribe reading glasses bifocals trifocals multifocals or contact lenses. Presbyopia is completely treatable with these forms of corrective eyewear. New research into surgical procedures for presbyopia may prove successful in the coming years.

Since presbyopia can complicate other common vision conditions like hyperopia myopia and astigmatism your optometrist will prescribe specific lenses to achieve clear vision. Eyewear might only be necessary for close work such as reading or it might be best to wear it at all times. Since the effects of presbyopia continue to change the ability of the lens to focus properly stronger prescriptions might be necessary to maintain clear vision.

Glasses with bifocal trifocal or progressive addition lenses (PALs) are the most common method of correction for presbyopia. Advances in progressive lens materials have allowed companies to produce thin lightweight lenses without the distinctive line separating the visual fields. These provide wearers with a gradual change in prescription strength between distance and near vision. They have a clear ‘corridor’ where objects at an intermediate distance are in focus thereby avoiding a sharp image transition when the eyes move from one distance zone to another.

Reading glasses are another option. These are ideal for people who only have difficulty seeing printed matter. Reading glasses are solely for close work. Some people choose to wear them over top of contact lenses that are prescribed for distance vision. They are available in a wide range of lightweight attractive designs. Inexpensive reading glasses are readily available over-the-counter at retail stores but prescription reading glasses from your eyecare provider will ensure balanced vision between the two eyes exact fitting reduced distortion and precise optics.

Multifocal contact lens technology has advanced considerably providing wearers with new levels of choice and comfort. These are available in either soft or rigid gas permeable materials. They offer the convenience of contact lenses with the ability to have clear distance intermediate and near vision. The popularity of these contact lens designs has resulted in numerous offerings from most major contact lens companies.

Another option for contact lens wearers who are just starting to have the early symptoms of presbyopia is called Monovision. This fitting technique results in one eye wearing a contact lens for distance vision and the other eye for near vision. After a period of adjustment to the different images received from each eye the brain starts to favour one eye or the other depending on the task. Most people see reasonably well but there are limitations to this approach namely lack of depth perception.

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