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"

    --Naveed
  • "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. "

    --Mikail
  • "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
Dry Eyes Are More Than A Nuisance



Dry Eye is a condition characterized by an insufficiency in the amount or quality of tears For the millions of Americans who do suffer from DES it can get in the way of daily living. If you don t suffer from dry eye syndrome (DES) chances are you ve never heard of it. It is a condition characterized by an insufficiency in the amount or quality of tears. For the millions of Americans who do suffer from DES it can get in the way of daily living. Our eyes need tears to keep them healthy. In most people a constant tear film lubricates and protects the eyes. In people with DES a decreased production of fluid can weaken the tear film causing the eye to become dry irritated and uncomfortable. In a recent study published in the American Journal of Ophthalmology researchers discovered that DES can have a considerable and detrimental effect on everyday life for people who suffer from the condition. The study of about 700 people found that sufferers of DES were more likely to report problems with daily activities including reading using a computer driving and watching television than people without DES. The researchers concluded that DES may be more of a public health problem than previously realized.

Dry eye symptoms usually first appear in adults over the age of 40 but they can appear in individuals between the ages of 20 and 30. Women are approximately two to three times more likely to get DES than men. "We do not know all of the reasons why " said Dr. Debra Schaumberg author of the study and director of ophthalmic epidemiology at Brigham and Women s Hospital in Boston Mass. "However there is speculation that one of the chief reasons might be that sex steroid hormones are involved in the pathogenesis of the disease." Other reasons women may be disproportionately affected by DES include the balance of female and male sex hormones. "There are data to support the hypothesis that androgens (male sex hormones) are protective whereas estrogens (female sex hormones) appear to play a more detrimental role " Schaumberg said. Despite the fact that DES is one of the most common reasons people seek care from eye doctors it may be clinically disregarded. "DES is relatively overlooked because it is not on the short list of major causes of blindness and visual impairment " Schaumberg said.

DES is not a common cause of vision loss but it is still a serious issue for people who have it. People with DES often complain that their eyes are burning and feel itchy and painful. Many also complain of a constant feeling of sandiness or grittiness in their eyes. The symptoms tend to get worse as the day progresses. If the symptoms persist they can present other problems for sufferers. According to Schaumberg "people with DES are bothered by irritative ocular symptoms which can be likened to other chronic pain syndromes wherein such ongoing problems may also lead to a general sense of ill health or psychological comorbidities." In other words persistent DES symptoms can be as debilitating as other chronic illnesses and lead to larger physical and emotional health problems. There is no cure for DES "but its irritations can most certainly be alleviated and its effects most certainly treated " writes Dr. Robert Latkany founder and director of the Dry Eye Clinic at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary in his new book "The Dry Eye Remedy." Current treatments include eye drops artificial tear solutions anti-inflammatory agents topical steroids procedures to plug the tear ducts and surgery. Research into new treatments is on the horizon. According to Latkany "at least a dozen new drugs are in development and testing ready for release in the near future." You can obtain a free copy of "The Dry Eye Remedy" through the Society for Women s Health Research Web site at http://www.womenshealthresearch.org. Click on the "The Dry Eye Remedy" icon for more information.


 
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