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
Refractive Error


Refractive error is the term given to the blur caused by light entering the eyeball that does not focus perfectly onto the retina (the inner lining of the back of the eye). The refractive error is what optometrists or ophthalmologists measure during an eye examination to determine the prescription for spectacles or contact lenses.

Light entering the eyeball is refracted or bent mainly by the cornea (clear covering of the eye) and the crystalline lens (natural lens inside the eyeball). The ability of the eyeball to focus light on the retina determines our level of refractive error.

Emmetropia is the term used when light is perfectly focused by the cornea and crystalline lens on the retina without the use of spectacles or contact lenses. Obviously everyone wishes they were an emmetrope.

Hyperopia or far-sightedness occurs when light is focused behind the retina. This is caused by the eyeball being too short or the refractive structures in the eye being too weak. Typically hyperopic patients have difficulty seeing near objects without spectacles or contact lenses.

Myopia or near-sightedness occurs when light is focused in front of the retina. This is caused by the eyeball being too long or the refractive structures in the eye are too strong. Typically myopic patients have difficulty seeing distant objects without spectacles or contact lenses.

Astigmatism is a term given to the situation where light is focused at two points. This is caused by the cornea or the crystalline lens becoming football-shaped as apposed to being perfectly round. Depending on the degree of astigmatism objects at near and far can be blurred.

Presbyopia is the term used when there is difficulty focusing on near objects. Everyone will experience this situation in their lifetime. Presbyopia typically begins in your late thirties or early forties. This phenomenon occurs due to the weakening of the muscles in the eye that control the focusing mechanism or the increased rigidity of the crystalline lens or a combination of both.

Frequently I am asked: what does 20/20 vision mean? It is difficult to explain so here is my best shot. The degree of one’s vision is called visual acuity. Visual acuity is measured by a Snellen chart. The Snellen chart has a series of lines of letters in descending size order. We consider 20/20 to be “perfect” vision. If someone had 20/40 vision that person’s vision would be twice as bad as a person with 20/20. In other words if you showed that 20/40 patient a letter that was visualized perfectly (at a 20/40 sized letter on the Snellen eye chart) he/she could back up as far as 20 feet from the Snellen chart until they would not be able to identify that letter. On the other hand the patient with 20/20 vision could back up to a maximum of 40 feet until he/she could not identify that same letter. The lower the number after the first “20” the better the vision.

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