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
What's Your Vision "Eye-Q?"

What’s Your Vision “Eye-Q?”

According to a survey done by the American Optometric Association, the first American Eye-Q ™ parents lack important knowledge about eye health and vision care for their children and themselves.

Want to see how you do against the original participants in the survey? Answer these questions, True or False:

  1. Children with no complaints about their vision don’t really need an eye exam.
  2. Behavioral problems have nothing to do with vision.
  3. No one needs an eye exam until they are at least ten years of age.
  4. Adults who see well need an eye exam only about once every ten years.
  5. Systemic diseases and conditions like high blood pressure or diabetes don’t affect vision and can’t be detected by an eye doctor anyway.
  6. Sitting too close to the TV screen or reading under dim light will ruin your vision.
  7. Lifestyle choices like smoking, drinking alcohol and caffeine can be harmful to the eyes.
  8. Nutrition is important to both children and adults to maintain good eye health.
  9. Eating carrots is the best thing you can do for your vision.
  10. Macular degeneration is the leading cause of functional blindness in adults.

Well, these statements may seem pretty obvious. Questions 7, 8 and 10 are true; the others are false.

Almost 45% of adults don’t know that millions of children have vision problems that can inhibit their ability to learn, and a child with behavioral problems often have an underlying vision problem.

The American Optometric Association recommends yearly vision examinations for children, and children should have their eyes examined by the age of three. Because children think everyone sees like they do, they often do not complain that they can’t see; they won’t know if their eyes don’t work together as a team, either, which can make it very difficult for them to learn. Often, vision problems go unrecognized because only one in ten parents actually follows these guidelines to get their children’s vision tested early.

According to Andrea Thau, O.D., of the AOA, “One of the most important things parents can do to help ensure their child’s ability to learn is to take them for a comprehensive eye exam.” Since vision changes can occur without a parent or a child noticing them, children should visit an optometrist at least every two years, or more frequently if indicated by the results of the first one.

While most Americans believe that their vision is the most important of their senses, more than 60% of them who do not currently wear glasses or contact lenses have not been to an eye care practitioner in the past two years, and nearly 20% of them have never been to an eye doctor at all.

“Just like a child, an adult’s eyesight can change rapidly and frequently, particularly in older adults,” said Dr. Thau. “When you consider how many systemic diseases and disorders can be detected, it is imperative that adults visit their optometrist as often as their children.”

More than 60% of adults in the survey did know that diabetes and hypertension are detectable through comprehensive eye exams, but only 23% were aware that the symptoms of multiple sclerosis also can be detected through such an exam.

Sitting too close to a TV set and reading in dim light may cause headaches and tired eyes, but neither of these activities will permanently harm the vision. However, smoking, drinking alcohol and consuming caffeine to excess can all be harmful to the eyes, leading to such things as macular degeneration and cataracts.

Seventy percent of Americans believe that carrots are the best food for eye health; while carrots do contain nutrients and are good for the entire body, eating only half a cup of cooked spinach four to seven times a week can help prevent macular degeneration. It would take four pounds of carrots or 17 heads of iceberg lettuce to meet the same nutrition goal.

An old saying says that what you don’t know can’t hurt you, but in this case, what you don’t know can certainly be harmful. If you haven’t seen your eyecare practitioner within the last two years, it’s high time you did; make your appointment as soon as possible, and don’t forget to make one for your child as well.

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