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
Asteroid Hyalosis

Asteroid Hyalosis

Figure 1 shows the reflective spots inside the eye, floating in the vitreous humour.

This is the only eye condition that can make the inside of your eye look like a star-struck night sky. The only problem is that you can’t see it for yourself, unless your eyecare practitioner takes a photograph of the inside of the eye. Normally, there are no symptoms of asteroid hyalosis at all, and in fact most people who have it don’t know it.

The eyes are filled with a substance called the vitreous humour, or vitreous body, which is a transparent gelatin that takes up the space between the structures in the front of the eye and the retina in the very back.

As we age, the vitreous either thin out and become more liquid, or it becomes thicker, to form clumps or strands we sometimes notice as floaters. Asteroid hyalosis occurs when small calcium and phosphate deposits form and adhere to the vitreous gel, slowly at first, but more deposits appear over time. Eventually, the vitreous becomes filled with multiple yellow or yellow-white particles, suspended on the strands or clumps. As you move your eyes, the deposits also move and sway within the semi-liquid of the vitreous, returning to their original position when the eye stops moving.

Figure 2, for comparison, shows the normal eye.

The term asteroid hyalosis refers to the reflection of light from the deposits, which make them appear to the viewer as multiple stars in the night sky.

Asteroid hyalosis is relatively common and usually is found in people over 60 years of age; women more often than men have it and it is usually unilateral, effecting only one eye. Typically, people who have this condition have no symptoms at all, although in rare cases it may mildly disturb vision. The biggest problem it usually causes is interference with examination of the structures behind it, the retina, blood vessels and the head of the optic nerve.

The cause of asteroid hyalosis is unknown, but research has shown that it can be associated with diabetes mellitus, hypertension and hypercholesterolemia. Patients who develop the condition should have a physical examination to rule out any of these systemic diseases.

Asteroid hyalosis itself usually doesn’t require treatment, but it is recommended that patients who have it get regular eye exams.

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