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
Childrens Eye Development

Children's Eye Development

While the eye s greatest physical development occurs during the first year of life children continue to sharpen their vision skills throughout childhood. Eye muscles strengthen and nerve connections multiply. Visual stimulation can help this process. Preschoolers aged two to five are eager to draw and look at pictures. By connecting stories with illustrations it is possible to help co-ordinate a child s hearing and vision. Moving patterns such as pinwheels and ‘I spy’ games also captivate children. One of the most important eye conditions to check for in children is amblyopia a problem that involves the development of the visual pathways to the brain. It is important to detect this condition early as the brain’s vision system is complete after a child is between 8 and 10 years old. Good eyesight requires a clear focused image that is the same in both eyes. If the image is not clear in one of the eyes or if the image is not identical in both eyes the visual pathways will not develop properly. If left untreated a child will permanently have poor vision in the amblyopic eye.

One of the common treatments of amblyopia is a patch worn over the stronger eye. This forces the child to use the weaker eye and enables the brain to fully develop connections to this eye. Patches might be prescribed by your eyecare practitioner to be used all day or part of the day depending on the child s age and reason for amblyopia. Treatment usually lasts until maximum visual benefit is achieved.

Another treatment for amblyopia is to prescribe glasses. This is typical in children about aged two and whose eyes appear turned inwards. The glasses help relax the child’s eyes and allow them to align properly. This treatment is often in conjunction with patching therapy.

Parents should be aware of the following hereditary vision conditions as your child might inherit them. Visit an eye doctor at the first sign of trouble.

  • Farsightedness
  • Nearsightedness
  • Astigmatism
  • Crossed eyes
  • Diabetes
  • Defects of colour vision

You should also make an appointment for a child with an eyecare practitioner if you notice the following as they may be symptoms of vision problems:

  • Frequent eye rubbing
  • Poor eye/hand co-ordination
  • Poor reading
  • Avoidance of close work
  • Frequent headaches
  • Decline in scholastic performance
  • Constant blinking or tilting of the head

Vision Exams

The best way to protect a child s vision is through regular professional vision examinations. Poor eyesight can affect learning athletic performance and self-esteem. Untreated eye conditions can worsen and lead to as serious a problem as blindness. Yet far too many pre-school age children never receive an vision exam and far too many back-to-school physicals do not include a close look at the eyes.

Ensure that an optometrist examines your child’s eyes before the age of three once again before the age of five and periodically throughout the school years. Your eyecare practitioner will determine if your child needs glasses and will look for common eye disorders. Prepare for this appointment by learning what to expect.

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