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
Amsler Grid Instructions

The Amsler Grid and How to Use It

People who have been diagnosed with Age-Related Macular Degeneration (ARMD or AMD) are often given a card or sheet of paper printed with a grid of squares and a dot in the center. This is known as an Amsler Grid; this is a handy device designed for monitoring your own vision at home.

AMD can progress slowly, or quickly, so it is a good idea to monitor your own vision at home for changes that may happen between vision checkups in your eyecare practitioner’s office.

Follow these steps to use the Amsler Grid:

  • If you wear spectacles or contact lenses, use the grid with your eyewear in place.
  • Attach the Amsler Grid to a vertical surface at eye level in a well-lighted area.
  • Stand about 18 inches or 40 cm away from the grid.
  • Cover one eye with the palm of your hand or a large wooden spoon.
  • With the uncovered eye, fixate on the central dot in the grid; do not allow your eye to wander.
  • While looking at the dot, be aware of the vision on the surrounding grid, but do not move your eye from the central dot.
  • As you keep looking at the dot, check the surrounding grid area for any distorted lines or missing spots in the grid.
  • Make a note if you notice any changes in your vision. Write down what area of the grid has changed, and if the lines appear to be distorted or missing.

You should be able to see all four corners of the grid in your peripheral vision, without moving your eye away from the central dot.

Check each eye separately and record your findings separately for each eye.

Check the grid at least once a week, but no more than once a day.

Each line in the grid should appear to be straight and undistorted, and there should be no missing areas in it. If you notice either a change in your vision since the last time you looked, or if you notice that the grid does not appear to be square and the lines straight, call your eyecare practitioner right away for an eye examination with dilated pupils.

AMD is one of the leading causes of functional blindness in North America. Sometimes, it can begin to progress without being noticed, especially if the fellow eye remains normal. Self-monitoring your own vision is a valuable method of catching any change in its earliest stages.

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