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
Sjögren’s Syndrome

Sjögren’s Syndrome

Imagine if your body could not produce sufficient moisture. You could not sweat you could not create tears and you could not salivate. Your body would certainly have difficulty functioning without these essential fluids. People with Sjögren’s syndrome are all too familiar with this scenario.

This chronic illness occurs when the body s immune system mistakenly attacks the glands that produce tears and saliva. In the eye inflammation of the glands that produce tears (the lacrimal glands) leads to a decrease in tear production and resulting dryness. Sjögren s syndrome can occur in one of two forms: a person can have primary Sjögren s syndrome where the glands become inflamed but there is no connective tissue disease or they can develop secondary Sjögren s syndrome where the glands swell due to an associated connective tissue disease such as lupus or rheumatoid arthritis. There is growing scientific support for genetic heredity – the illness is sometimes found in other family members. The average age of onset is late 40s but has been known to affect every age group. Roughly ninety percent of people with this condition are women.

Hallmark symptoms are dry eyes and dry mouth but it affects many organs and may cause fatigue. Sjögren s syndrome can also destroy the tear glands causing damage to the cornea itching burning redness and increased sensitivity to light. Thick secretions often collect in the inside corners of the eyes. In the morning the eyelids may stick together or the eyesight may be blurry due to a film of dried-out tears on the eye. Dry eyes can cause considerable discomfort. If left untreated for a period of time it can lead to corneal ulcerations and scarring. As a result of the dryness the eye is more susceptible to infection and more sensitive to irritants. This condition is serious but not life-threatening if complications are diagnosed and treated early.

While there is no treatment to restore gland secretions there are many treatments available to ease suffering. Many symptoms and problems of Sjögren s syndrome can be treated with over-the-counter medications. Two primary methods for dealing with dry eyes associated with Sjögren’s are to wear protective goggles when outside (to block foreign agents from entering the eye) and to lubricate the eye with artificial tears (eyedrops). There have been many new innovations in terms of eyedrops; some work by wetting the surface of the eye and alleviating dryness while others actually decrease inflammation of the lacrimal glands. Controlled inflammation means increased moisture production and less irritation. In more severe cases your doctor may prescribe corticosteroids to reduce acute swelling. Regardless of what method is used symptoms of this condition can be controlled so the patient should be closely monitored.

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