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
Senior Vision

Senior Vision

Patients over the age of sixty five have a higher incidence of several visual problems. In light of this all seniors require a complete oculovisual assessment with their optometrist at least once per year.

Presbyopia the inability to focus on near objects starts in our fourties. With presbyopia comes the need for reading glasses or bifocals. After the age of sixty five the strength of your reading glasses or bifocals may change periodically.

One of the more common concerns for seniors is the development of cataracts. All patients develop cataracts. They are more common beyond age sixty five but they can occur at any age even in babies. The normal lens inside the eye is clear. A cataract occurs when this lens becomes cloudy. The cloudiness causes blurred vision increased glare when night driving changes in eyeglass prescription and decreased contrast sensitivity. To improve these visual impairments initially optometrists may be able to change the prescription in the patient’s eyeglasses. Ultimately surgery is required to replace the cataract with a clear artificial lens.

As you age the tear glands produce fewer tears. Frequently seniors will complain of dry eye which causes the eyes to feel dry gritty and burn.

Conversely many seniors will complain of excessive tearing otherwise known as epiphora. There are openings in the inner corners of the eyes on the upper and lower lids. These openings lead to tear ducts that drain tears from the eye into the nose and ultimately into the throat. Our skin loses it’s elasticity with age causing the lid margins to droop. This greatly decreases the ability to drain tears from the eye. As a result the tears spill over onto the face.

The eyelid margins can also turn inwards towards the eyeball leading to a condition called trichiasis. Trichiasis results in several of the eyelashes scratching or poking the eyeball. Patients over the age of sixty five are at a higher risk of this. It results in sudden pain irritation and tearing. The involved eyelashes need to be plucked by an optometrist. In recurrent cases surgical intervention is required.

Macular degeneration is another big concern when examining the eye’s of seniors. The macula is the area at the back of the eye where most of our vision is focused. The macula can suffer reduced blood and nutrient supply resulting in a breakdown of the tissue. This can cause mild to severe vision loss. Frequently early signs of macular degeneration can be detected before the patient notices any vision change.

The risk of developing glaucoma significantly rises after the age of sixty five. Glaucoma initially causes loss of peripheral vision that is usually not noticeable to patients. It generally is caused by increased eye pressure; however you can develop it even with normal eye pressure. Early detection is crucial in preserving vision.

This is just a short list of the many eye conditions that increase in likelihood with age. Early detection is critical limiting the amount of vision loss. Optometrists are highly trained professionals educated to diagnose and treat eye diseases and visual problems.

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