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
Multifocal Contact Lenses & Monovision

Multifocal Contact Lenses & Monovision

New innovations in lens designs and materials have allowed more presbyopes to continue to enjoy the benefits of contact lens wear. Multifocal Lenses If you are over 40 your eyesight is probably changing. You may have difficulty reading or doing simple tasks up close. As we mature the eye becomes less capable of focusing from far to close objects. This is a common condition called presbyopia and it affects nearly everyone by the age of 50. The crystalline lens of the eye thickens throughout life making it harder and less flexible over time. The progressive loss in elasticity of the lens results in difficulty with tasks like reading small print and computer work. Distance vision however is usually unaffected.

If you thought presbyopia and the loss of your reading vision meant the end of contact lenses think again. New innovations in lens designs and materials have allowed more presbyopes to continue to enjoy the benefits of contact lens wear. Multifocal contact lenses are rapidly increasing in popularity as an exciting new alternative for people with presbyopia. They are now available as hard rigid gas permeable lenses and soft lenses including daily disposables.

To get started with multifocals your eyecare practitioner will determine your near vision acuity and then choose a design that works best with your cornea size and shape tear film blink pattern and lifestyle. There are several contact lens designs that help you see both up close and far away. One type known as simultaneous vision enables the eye to focus on near and distant objects at the same time by dividing the lens into two or more prescriptions either gradually as a series of concentric circles or divided horizontally (as with traditional bifocals). It s then up to the eye to ‘learn which part of the lens to use at which distance which it does remarkably quickly. Another popular design uses aspheric contact lenses whereby the lens power changes gradually from the center to the edge of the lens.

Multifocal contact lenses can provide clear and comfortable vision at all distances without the hassles vision jumps and distortions typical of bifocals or reading glasses. Your eye care professional may ask a number of questions to help determine the best type of multi-focal material and design. You may be asked to describe your usual lifestyle or daily activities and from this your practitioner will be able to recommend a solution most suited to your needs. After you ve been fitted with multifocal contact lenses your eyes will probably need some time to adjust; how much time the adaptation takes varies from person to person. Some people adjust immediately while others may take several days to adapt or need their prescription adjusted slightly.

Monovision Besides multifocal lenses there is another choice for presbyopes – monovision. This contact lens fitting technique results in the dominant eye (the eye you would use to focus a camera) being focused for distance vision while the non-dominant eye is focused for near to intermediate vision. Monovision has an extremely high success rate especially for people who have never worn reading glasses or bifocals. Either soft contacts or rigid gas permeable lenses can be used. Although monovision is a popular option a major disadvantage is that for some people it compromises depth perception. In addition since each eye is more or less independent your head position may have to be continually adjusted.

Monovision usually requires a longer period of adaptation than multifocal lenses. Because depth perception is altered with monovision additional correction may be needed for driving and operating heavy equipment. Under these circumstances driving glasses to correct the reading eye for distance and improve binocular vision are recommended. Similarly some wearers may require an additional near vision correction in the distance eye to allow prolonged or concentrated reading. A variant of monovision called modified monovision puts a bifocal contact lens in one eye and a single-vision contact lens in the other eye. This can give better depth perception for driving while still permitting near vision for reading.

Monovision certainly isn’t appropriate for everyone. However when paired with the right person it can be a great fit. Monovision is ideal for people with an active lifestyle. However since it is a compromise most people’s vision isn’t perfectly crisp up close or far away. Instead it offers the best of both worlds. If you’re considering refractive surgery as a permanent form of monovision it might be best to consider a trial period with contact lenses before making a decision. When helping you to decide whether monovision or multifocal lenses are right for you your optometrist may ask a number of questions. You may be asked to describe your usual lifestyle or daily activities and from this your practitioner will be able to recommend a solution most suited to your needs.

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