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
Do High Heat and Humidity Affect the Results of LASIK?


Do High Heat and Humidity Affect the Results of LASIK?

According to the latest information available: No, they DO NOT.

A study published in 2008, done at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center evaluated results from 191 patients using twelve variables that were suspected to affect the accuracy of LASIK surgeries, including age, sex, outdoor temperature, room temperature, and curvature of the cornea (which is the structure that LASIK changes), found that apparently, indoor humidity in the surgery suite was important. In addition, this study also found that outdoor temperature and humidity in the two weeks preceding the procedure was also significant.

Higher heat and higher humidity both indoors and out were implicated in higher chances for the need for LASIK re-treatment due to undercorrection of nearsightedness. However, a later study done last year (2013) and published on the respected medical information web site Medscape refutes these findings.

Temperature and Humidity NOT Significant

The more recent study also evaluated results from a much larger patient sample of more than 200,000 eyes effectively puts to rest the belief that high heat or high humidity or both have any effect on LASIK.

Data on ambient temperature and humidity during the surgeries was recorded; analysis of the results showed no clinically significant relationship with post-operative refraction, either of nearsightedness or farsightedness.

Neither significant undercorrection nor overcorrection was found that could be attributed to either heat or humidity in the operation suite.

In general, the higher the refractive error previous to LASIK surgery, the less accurate the results are expected to be and the more likely it could be that an individual eye may need re-treatment for optimum results; however, at the present time, even these variables are much less likely to be significant.

Other Factors

Other factors that may have effects on the results of LASIK include the use of certain medications, diseases and medical conditions that may make LASIK surgery inadvisable. Pregnancy can cause temporary changes in the curvature of the surface of the eye, something that contact lens specialists have long been aware of, so women who are pregnant may want to postpone their surgery until they are no longer pregnant or nursing. Additionally, most surgeons are not eager to perform LASIK on patients younger than age 25 or so, because it has been shown that nearsightedness (myopia) can still be increasing until then.

It is obvious that if the room humidity is so low that sparks fly from the carpet as you walk across it, or so high that moisture is dripping from the ceiling, these conditions are not conducive to great surgery or accurate results, but not necessarily because of the heat and humidity.

If you are considering LASIK surgery or other refractive procedures, get all the advice and information you can before making a final decision, but don’t worry about heat and humidity in the surgical suite.

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