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 and Avoiding Contact Lens Complications: Allergic Reactions


Understanding and Avoiding Contact Lens Complications: Allergic Reactions


People who suffer from allergies can find it almost intolerable to wear their contact lense. The itching, tearing and blurred vision can seem overwhelming at times.

Like infections, allergies can affect not just the cornea but also the conjunctiva, the transparent membrane that covers the whites of the eyes and lines the insides of the eyelids.

Allergens can be seasonal, like hay fever or the springtime reactions some of us endure each year. In addition, contact lens patients can develop allergic responses or sensitivities to any of the preservatives used in cleaning and storage solutions. If we consider that most contact lens materials become little reservoirs that keep the ingredients right on the eye as they soak up the solutions used to keep them sanitary and safe, it comes as no surprise that some patients react to them.

Allergic reactions are almost always accompanied by itching; in fact, most eyecare practitioners assume that a patient complaint of itching is always an allergy until it is proven otherwise. Along with itching, there will usually be a discharge of varying degrees of thickness plus redness and swelling of the ocular tissues. True allergies are almost always in both eyes, unless a foreign substance has been introduced into only one of them, by history.

Any of these symptoms can be due to allergic reactions, especially if both eyes are involved and the problem came on fairly quickly. It is important to note that allergies can develop any time after initial contact with the specific allergen causing the reaction; it doesn’t matter if you have never had a history of allergies.


Treatment of any allergic response is to eliminate the substance causing it. In the case of contact lens solutions, this may involve switching to daily disposable contact lenses or using a different lens care regimen. There are several prescription anti-histamine drops that can also decrease allergic symptoms. Most of these medications must be instilled when NOT wearing contact lenses. Some drops can be used once a day before lenses are inserted.

Summing Up

If you think you may be suffering from an allergy either worsened by your contact lenses and/or their solutions, or even if you don’t think it is related to your lenses at all, see your eyecare practitioner to get help with managing this problem. Usually, reducing contact with the allergen will eliminate the problem, but your eyecare practitioner may be able to recommend alternative modalities of contact lens wear or care systems.

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