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
Pigment Dispersion Syndrome

Pigment Dispersion Syndrome

Pigment Dispersion Syndrome occurs only in certain people – generally white nearsighted males between 20-50...

Think of your iris – the coloured part of your eye – as being painted on. Now imagine something constantly rubbing against it. As time passes the paint eventually starts to flake and chip off because of friction. This is basically what happens when you have pigment dispersion syndrome (PDS) except the flaking is actually the pigment that colours your eye.

The flaking off of pigment granules occurs as a result of the proximity between the iris pigment layer and surrounding zonular fibres of the eye. It occurs only in certain people – generally white nearsighted males between 20-50 – and leads to a disruption of the iris surface. Sometimes exercise activity can cause the shedding of pigment. Granules that normally adhere to the back of the iris begin to come off and blend into the flow of aqueous humor (the fluid in our eyes). These granules are like debris in floodwater and are quite dangerous in terms of blockage. In the human eye the trabecular meshwork is a network of fibres responsible for the continual drainage of the aqueous humor from the eye. The pigment granules flow along with the aqueous humor toward the meshwork and can lodge there blocking the outflow of fluid. The end result of this is increased intraocular pressure which can lead to visual loss and glaucoma.

PDS is generally asymptomatic and is often discovered upon routine examination. On its own this syndrome has no ill effects on ocular health or vision other than the potential for developing consequent glaucoma. In about one third of cases of PDS pigmentary glaucoma results. Unlike open-angle glaucoma pigment glaucoma has a quick onset and quite rapid progression. Some patients may experience the following symptoms:

  • a feeling of increased pressure in the eye
  • coloured halos around lights
  • blurred vision
  • subtle pain

If any of these symptoms are severe – your eye doctor should be contacted immediately. As soon as diagnosis is evident prompt aggressive therapy is essential.

Only your eye care practitioner can diagnose pigment dispersion and since the potential for glaucoma is elevated routine eye assessments should be scheduled. This way you can be monitored for increased eye pressure or other abnormalities before any long-lasting vision damage can occur.

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