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

Acquired Retinoschisis

The retina consists of many neural layers and as we age sometimes these layers can split into two. The retina is the light-sensitive tissue that lines the back of the eyeball sending visual impulses through the optic nerve to the brain. It acts like film in a camera capturing everything we see and transmitting it to the brain for interpretation. The retina consists of many neural layers and as we age sometimes these layers can split into two. This is known as acquired retinoschisis and the condition affects about five percent of the population. The vast majority of cases are harmless but the area of the retina affected usually has reduced sensitivity to light (visual field defect). Since the splitting typically occurs in the extreme periphery of the retina most people are unaware of any vision loss.

Retinoschisis is not the same as a retinal detachment. A retinal detachment involves all layers of the retina separating from the back of the eye and is often more visually threatening than retinoschisis.

There are two types of retinoschisis: juvenile (congenital) and acquired. The juvenile form is a rare inherited condition that only affects males and has the potential to be more vision-threatening. Acquired retinoschisis is much more common and is usually seen in both males and females after age 20 and on but most commonly after age 40. The majority of patients are hyperopic (farsighted) and the condition affects both eyes in more than half the cases.

Fortunately very few people with acquired retinoschisis have vision loss and no treatment is warranted. In certain situations however the separating of the layers threatens the macula the part of the retina responsible for central vision. In this case surgery or laser therapy may be performed to prevent further progression and vision loss. Moreover in rare cases retinoschisis can progress into a retinal detachment. Due to these risks routine retinal examinations are suggested so that changes in the retina may be monitored.

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