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
Optic Neuritis


Optic Neuritis

Optic neuritis (also called retrobulbar retinitis) is an inflammation of the optic nerve the “cable” that transmits visual information from the eye to the brain. (Optic = eye; retrobulbar = behind the eye; neuritis = nerve inflammation.) The optic nerve plays such a key role in vision that anything that happens to it affects eyesight. When inflammation is mild vision can be almost normal but severe inflammation can cause loss of vision.

Optic neuritis can occur in one or both eyes. If in both it is typically more severe in one of them. Many people have an attack of optic neuritis only once and the reason for the attack remains a mystery. Vision in the affected eye usually recovers almost completely though there may be a slight reduction in visual acuity or color vision.


Early symptoms can include blurred vision that grows dimmer over a few hours or days. Colors may look washed out. Your eyes may ache or you may have a dull pain or uncomfortable pulling feeling whenever you move the eye especially on looking up. All the symptoms are made worse by exercise or a hot bath. Very rarely vision may go dark for a week or so.


Many conditions can cause inflammation of the optic nerve. Some are temporary some are recurrent and some are more permanent. Several medical and neurological diseases can result in an inflamed optic nerve (such as Multiple Sclerosis). Other causes are bacterial infections (such as Syphilis Lyme disease and Cat-Scratch-Fever). A viral illness such as measles mumps or even a cold can cause optic neuritis.


Your visual acuity will be measured with an eye chart and you will have a refraction to determine whether any decreased vision can be corrected with lenses. The reaction of your pupils to light will be checked with a flashlight. Your pupils will be dilated (enlarged) with eyedrops so an ophthalmoscope can be used to examine the retina and optic nerve inside the eye and a visual field test may be done to determine the pattern of any lost vision. Special tests such as a CT scan or MRI may be ordered and a consultation with a neurologist may be suggested.


Most cases of optic neuritis have no specific treatment though steroids can sometimes speed up resolution of the inflammation. Fortunately the inflammation almost always improves on its own over a few months and vision recovers to almost normal usually by six months.

If the condition seems to be getting worse instead of better you are more likely to be placed on oral or injectable steroids. Do not continue oral steroids for any longer than the instructions called for; such medications can cause serious side effects so their use must be carefully monitored.

Even after a full recovery some people may have other attacks later. Repeat attacks are more likely to result in greater damage to vision. They may also be an early sign of Multiple Sclerosis. Therefore if you should suffer a second attack either in the same eye or in the other eye a complete medical examination is warranted to help identify a medical or neurological cause.

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