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
Childrens Vision

Children's Vision

Next to Christmas the summer holidays are a very exciting time in a child's life. The end of the school year marks the beginning of two months of no school books! Parents are usually busy planning summer camps and family vacations. It is also a perfect time to have your children's eyes examined by an optometrist in preparation for the beginning of the school year in September. By the age of three all children should have a thorough eye examination. In fact most optometrists prefer to see children by twelve months of age for their first eye exam. At annual eye check ups your optometrist can detect the presence of any eye disease and monitor the function and growth of the visual system. Two particular conditions that are of concern at a young age include eye muscle problems such as "crossed-eyes" (strabismus) and "lazy eye" (amblyopia). Fortunately these two conditions can be treated if they are detected early enough.

Some of the basic visual skills optometrists can examine for include

  • the ability to see at all distances
  • eye coordination skills
  • focusing capabilities
  • peripheral vision
  • colour vision
  • eye movement skills.

Don't be fooled that your child's vision is normal. They tend to rarely complain of vision problems if they are even aware of them at all. Be alert for signs and symptoms that your child may be struggling with their vision. These may include performing below their potential in school losing their place while reading holding their reading material closer than usual frequent headaches has itchy red or watery eyes or tends to favour one eye over the other. The observations of a teacher can be an invaluable tool in detecting a deficiency in a child's visual function.

As your child develops so do their eyes. The spectacle prescription of a child typically changes more rapidly than that of an adult. With each increase in the school year the visual demands of children also become greater. There becomes a requirement to process more and more information to further their learning. Therefore an assessment of your children's visual system is crucial.

With the popularity of computers nowadays it is important to encourage your child to take frequent breaks from the computer monitor. Continuous computer use can produce significant eye strain. Ensure that the room they work in has soft ambient lighting with reduced glare sources.

Your children deserve to have the proper visual skills to learn read play. The only way to ensure visual needs are fulfilled is to have your children visit their optometrist on an annual basis.

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