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 Floaters

Understanding Floaters in the Eyes Life s little annoyances...there are many. And it seems as though the older we get the more there are. One common age-related nuisance that is particularly bothersome appearing around the fifth or sixth decade (often much earlier) is the vitreous floater.

It usually goes something like this. You re reading the newspaper or a book and suddenly you see a speck of

something fly across the page. When you move your eyes to follow the speck it moves out of vision. It happens again and this time you think maybe it s one of those tiny insects buzzing around your face. You take a few swats but soon realize that there is no flying insect in the vicinity.

You glance back at your reading material and there it is again almost as if there were bugs flying around inside your eye. "What s going on?" you wonder aloud. Now you re concerned bordering on anxious. You look around the room but notice the annoying floating speck only when you direct your eyes at something brightly illuminated such as a white wall or page in a book.

Some people report seeing more than just a tiny flying speck. In fact many individuals with vitreous floaters report seeing large amounts of connected floating debris that form dots circles lines or web-like thread patterns resembling a spider web. Typically they ll report how they can even "chase" these elusive particles around just by changing the position of their eyes. Usually when the eye moves toward the floater it moves away like trying to catch a shadow.

One thing is for sure when most people first start to see floaters they are terrified and convinced that they are about to lose either their eyesight or their sanity!

What s going on?

Let me simplify. Picture a basketball...perfectly round and hard. The ball maintains its shape because of the air that fills it. Instead of air the eyeball is filled with a substance called vitreous humor. (This humor has nothing to do with being funny. In this case humor is a word borrowed from Latin meaning liquid.) If you could hold vitreous humor in the palm of your hand you d see that it resembles clear jello that has been out of the refrigerator for a while.

When we are young the vitreous humor filling our eyeball is relatively firm and transparent...sort of like perfectly clear jello when it s holding its form. If you take the jello out of the refrigerator it eventually begins to soften. The same is true for the vitreous. As we age it becomes much less firm. It begins to shrink and become somewhat liquefied being able to freely slosh around inside the eyeball.

Instead of one solid body the vitreous now separates into clumps and strands. By moving the eyes if the lighting conditions are just right many people can actually see these clumps and strands as they go floating past their line of vision or in their side vision. This terrifying experience is what usually sends people rushing to their eye doctor for an explanation.


Nearly always the aging of the vitreous and the subsequent sighting of floaters is a benign situation. By far most people will not experience any further difficulties. However; there are other reasons for the appearance of this vitreous debris. It s possible that if the vitreous moves around a little too vigorously it can tug at the underlying retina a little too much causing it to tear. Also the floating debris could be by-products of inflammation or red blood cells.

What should you do?

If you suddenly start to notice floating particles or shadows in your line of vision it s probably a good idea to let your eye doctor take a look. Ditto for those of you who have had floaters for a long time and are now noticing a big increase in their presence. Another warning sign: flashing lights in your side vision which could mean that your retina is being tugged on and that could lead to a retinal tear or even worse a retinal detachment. Have it checked out.

Just keep in mind that most of the time the appearance of vitreous floaters is just another part of the aging process that will bring you no further trouble. Occasionally; however floaters are a warning of a more serious problem. When in doubt make an appointment to see your eyecare practitioner.

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