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
Latent Hyperopia


Latent Hyperopia


Farsightedness medically termed as hyperopia (hi-per-O-pe-ah) is a common condition that affects approximately 25 per cent of the adult population. It refers to a vision problem in which the focusing power of the eye is too weak. This type of refractive error usually results in difficulty when focusing on close objects but depending on the severity can also affect distance vision as well. Farsightedness occurs when the eyeball is too short as measured from front to back or if the curvature of the cornea is flatter than normal. As a result light focuses behind the retina rather than directly on it.

‘Latent’ hyperopia is a term used to describe the amount of farsightedness that is ‘masked’ when the accommodative muscles are used to increase the eye’s focusing power. Since children under 10 years of age have tremendous focusing ability they can partially correct their farsightedness by focusing or accommodating their own eyes. However this often leads to unnecessary strained and tired eyes or headaches. In order to uncover the true amount of farsightedness a cycloplegic refraction is performed by using special drops to temporarily paralyze the muscles that control accommodation.

Many infants are born with their eyes in a hyperopic state. As they age; however some of them outgrow the condition as the eye lengthens and close vision improves. Other diseases such as diabetes, eye tumours, and lens dislocations might also contribute to farsightedness. Children should receive a complete eye examination by the age of three in order to rule out severe hyperopia which can lead to the development of a lazy eye (Amblyopia) or crossed eyes (Strabismus).


Common signs of farsightedness include:

  • Difficulty in maintaining a clear focus on close visual objects
  • Eye strain headaches or fatigue after performing work at close range
  • Aching or tearing eyes
  • Poor eye/hand co-ordination
  • Occasional crossing of eyes (especially in children)

Diagnosis and Treatment

A comprehensive optometric examination will include testing for farsightedness. To determine the degree of farsightedness special drops are often used to relax the focusing system of the eye. This will result in unmasking the entire amount of farsightedness and determining whether treatment is indicated. In mild cases of hyperopia your eyes might be able to compensate without the use of corrective lenses. In more severe cases your eyecare practitioner can prescribe glasses or contact lenses to alter the way in which light enters the eye.

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