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
Understanding Conductive Keratoplasty


Conductive Keratoplasty

Conductive Keratoplasty (CK) can improve your near vision allowing you to see clearly like you could 10 years ago

It seems to happen overnight. You suddenly can’t read a menu see your alarm clock or review the scores on your golf card. Rest assured you’re not alone. Millions of baby boomers like you are losing their near vision as part of the natural aging process.

Why The Loss of Near Vision With Age?

When we turn 40 our eyes begin losing their ability to easily focus on near objects. This can be the result of two different conditions:

  • Presbyopia: when the lens in the eye loses flexibility because of age. This causes problems in the way our eyes focus light. Most people over age 40 and everyone over age 50 suffer from this condition.
  • Farsightedness (hyperopia): when the surface of the eye (cornea) is too flat changing the way our eye focuses light. Young eyes are often strong enough to compensate which is why it may only be a problem after age 40.

Turn Back The Clock On Your Vision

Conductive Keratoplasty (CK) can improve your near vision allowing you to see clearly like you could 10 years ago. It’s an exciting advancement in vision correction because it is a simple painless procedure that uses radiofrequency (RF) energy instead of a laser.

  • No cutting — Helps minimize side effects and speed recovery
  • Convenient — Your doctor performs the procedure in his or her office
  • Safe — The only FDA-approved technology used to improve near vision in those over 40
  • Fast and easy — Takes only 3 to 5 minutes and is virtually painless

How CK Works

CK can change how the eye focuses light by reshaping the surface of your eye (cornea). When the shape is changed light can be refocused on the correct part of your eye (retina). To produce this reshaping CK uses the controlled release of RF energy to heat and shrink corneal tissue. This steepens the cornea and allows light to properly focus on the retina again improving near vision.

Is CK Right For You?

CK is intended for people over 40 years of age who want to improve their near vision. If you are over the age of 40 had great vision your whole life and now struggle with reading glasses you may be a candidate for CK. Other criteria include:

  • No significant changes in your vision for 1 year
  • No chronic eye disorders
  • Not pregnant or nursing
  • No chronic illness or disease

What To Expect During The CK Procedure

Once your doctor has determined that you are a candidate for CK your cornea will be mapped to determine its current and individual shape. This will be used to plan the procedure and measure results. Before the procedure the only requirements are to not wear contact lenses up to three weeks prior to surgery and on the day of surgery do not wear makeup. You will also need to arrange transportation to and from your doctor’s office. The procedure itself is fast simple and painless:

  • Numbing (anesthetic) eye drops are applied
  • Treatment pattern is imprinted with rinse-away dye
  • A hair-thin probe is used to apply RF energy in a circular pattern to shrink the corneal tissue.

This pattern is applied in the periphery of your cornea and therefore minimizes interference with your line of vision (i.e.pupil). A device called a "speculum" holds your eye open during the procedure.

After the procedure you may elect to wear dark glasses. There is generally no need to wear a patch. As with other vision procedures you will probably experience some discomfort and light sensitivity for a few days. Vision generally begins improving in about a week s time. As with other procedures the level of improved vision may be temporary. While CK can turn back the clock on your vision it cannot stop the clock entirely.

Risks and Complications

CK is associated with a nominal amount of surgery-related complications. Some people who have had CK have experienced side effects that have impaired their vision for a few days after the procedure. Although these risks are relatively rare they should be taken into consideration by anyone considering the CK procedure. Some side effects include:

  • Discomfort and/or foreign body sensation
  • Glare
  • Halos
  • Overcorrection
  • Tearing

Your doctor will determine your specific vision problem and whether

CK is right for you. With this knowledge in hand you can better evaluate your options.

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