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
Hyperopia and Farsightedness


Hyperopia and Farsightedness


The medical term for farsightedness or longsightedness is "hyperopia". "Hypermetropia", an older term, is not used much today.

Hyperopia (hi-per-OH-pee-uh) is a common condition that affects about ten percent of the adult population, worldwide. Interestingly, the percentage of the global population with hyperopia is decreasing overall, because myopia (nearsightedness) is increasing as education increases, along with the amount of reading and computer use.

Hyperopia causes difficulty in focusing on near objects or printing; hyperopes can usually see better in the distance than up close, depending on the amount, but in some cases can cause distance blur as well.

One way to think of hyperopia is that the eyeball is a little too short from front to back, resulting in a focus behind the retina instead of exactly on it. There is a mismatch between the optical surfaces and focusing system with the length of the eye, which causes blurred vision, especially up close.

Hyperopia can be somewhat tricky to catch, especially in young people, because they can compensate for it by using their focusing muscles to change the shape of the inner lens of the eye. This is called accommodation, which increases the eye’s overall power, bringing the image to a sharp focus on the retina. The extra focusing needed can result in eyestrain and symptoms such as a “pulling” sensation, headaches, fatigue, (especially when reading) aching eyes, tearing and poor hand-eye coordination.

Sometimes, the amount of hyperopia is too much for accommodation to be effective; in some cases, over-accommodation can cause the eyes to cross, a condition known as strabismus. In severe cases, strabismus can cause double vision, so the brain learns to ignore images from the crossed eye, causing the vision in that eye to develop poorly, which is known as amblyopia. For this reason, children should have a thorough vision examination by the age of three.

It is also possible for hyperopia to occur in combination with astigmatism, which causes light to focus differently from one orientation to the other; this condition causes blur at all distances and, unless it is very mild, requires correction with spectacles or contact lenses.

While young people with mild hyperopia may not experience blurred vision, the eye gradually loses the ability to accommodate, resulting in blurred near vision. Adults usually begin to notice this at about the age of 40 or so.

It is common for infants to have some degree of hyperopia, which decreases during the first years of life as the eye grows and becomes longer. If the eye becomes too long for its focal length, we begin to develop myopia (nearsightedness).


A thorough vision examination includes testing for refractive errors such as hyperopia and myopia, as well as astigmatism. Sometimes these tests will be done after using eyedrops which temporarily relax the accommodative system to make it easier to unmask hyperopia that the focusing system may be compensating for.


In mild hyperopia, no treatment may be necessary, although the child should have vision exams each year, as vision changes rapidly at that age. In moderate to high hyperopia, the eyecare practitioner may prescribe eyeglasses which help the eyes to focus, which might include a bifocal so the child will have clear vision both in the distance and for reading.

Correction of hyperopia may also be achieved with contact lenses; as an adult, refractive surgery can be considered as an option.

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