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
Lattice Degeneration

Lattice Degeneration

Lesions appear as criss-crossing lines and may run around the circumference of the eye. Often the thinning becomes profound that some patients develop retinal holes. Lattice degeneration is the thinning and weakening of the retina the light-sensitive inner layer of the eye that receives visual images. The retina is quite thin and fragile and its stability depends on interaction with other ocular structures. Although the exact cause is still unknown lattice degeneration may result from poor blood supply to the peripheral retina and/or tugging on the retina by the vitreous – the jelly-like substance that fills and maintains the eye’s oval shape. Lattice degeneration presents most frequently along the superior and inferior outer edges of the retina. These lesions appear as criss-crossing lines and almost always run around the circumference of the eye. Often the thinning becomes so profound that some patients develop retinal holes.

Lattice degeneration is a fairly common condition occurring in approximately 10 per cent of the population. Nearly all people with this condition are over 20 years old; lattice lesions are thought to develop at an early age but with minimal progression. The patient usually experiences no symptoms except for the rare complaint of floaters or flashes of light in the corner of the eye. Lattice degeneration seems to occur more frequently in patients with myopia (nearsightedness) and tends to be bilateral. The underlying cause of the condition is not known.

Those patients who experience flashes of light have retinal holes or have significant lattice degeneration may be at a higher risk for developing a retinal detachment. While less than one per cent of those with lattice degeneration go on to have a retinal detachment the possibility is still there. Moreover up to 25 percent of people who suffer a retinal detachment will have an area of lattice degeneration. Therefore it s crucial that people with lattice degeneration know the warning signs for retinal detachments; one eye experiences flashes of light a sudden ‘shower’ of floaters or loss of vision.

People who have the following risk factors – and who have lattice degeneration – should undergo a complete eye examination as soon as possible to prevent retinal detachment:

  • retinal detachment in the opposite eye (when unilateral)
  • history of retinal detachment in the family
  • myopia

Treatment options are few for those with lattice degeneration. Since the condition is generally benign and asymptomatic the possible treatments may not be that beneficial. For those patients with certain risk factors your eye care practitioner may recommend laser photocoagulation which basically seals up any tears rips or holes in the retina. The main concern for those with lattice degeneration is the possibility of retinal detachment so the best advice is to learn the symptoms of retinal detachment and schedule follow-up visits with your eyecare practitioner.

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