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
Does Wearing Glasses Weaken Your Eyes?

No, wearing your new glasses does not make your vision worse; in fact, since you got them, your vision is probably better than ever, making you feel like you couldn’t get along without them. When you take them off, your uncorrected vision seems worse than ever, but most of this is due to the better clarity of vision that your new glasses give you, not to the glasses having made your eyes worse.

Most of us don’t notice the tiny changes in our vision from day to day. The brain is very efficient at adapting to small changes over a length of time, so we don’t notice the effort it may take for us to see well, using strategies like squinting a little or moving reading material a little further away.

When you put on your new eyeglasses, suddenly squinting and struggling to see clearly are not needed, and your vision seems very clear and almost effortless. But when you take them off at the end of the day, the improvement in vision they give us makes us think our glasses have made our vision seem even worse without them than it was before.

Lens technology is changing all the time. New lenses can make vision much better, even without a significant change in the power of the prescription. Even changes in optical materials and simple changes to the surface curvatures can make the world much easier to see. This does not mean your vision suddenly got worse, only that your correction got a boost from a new lens design.

The Twenty-Pound Knapsack

What if you had to carry a knapsack weighing twenty pounds on your back, taking it with you everywhere you go? It would seem quite heavy at first, but you get used to it so after a while you don’t notice it, or the work it takes to move around with it on your back. But suppose someone came along and took the knapsack off your back! What a relief not to have to struggle to carry it around any more.

But if you had to start wearing the knapsack again, it would seem heavier than ever, partly because your memory isn’t perfect, but mostly because you had gotten used to not being weighed down by it. In a way, being without that knapsack is like seeing with your new glasses; once you get used to how easy it is to see while wearing them, it can seem intolerable to go back to the way your vision was before. This doesn’t mean the new glasses made your vision worse, it just means you have gotten used to seeing better without all the extra effort.

Changes in Vision over Time

There are many conditions that affect the eyes and our vision, whether we wear glasses or not. Sometimes, the glasses get blamed for these progressive changes even though they are not at fault.

Small changes from day to day can go unnoticed and it is only when we get our vision checked and find we need new eyewear for clear, comfortable vision. Refractive changes, like increasing myopia (nearsightedness) are usually at fault. Adults who need eyeglasses to help them focus on reading materials will experience the need for increased lens power as time passes, a change that is normal and expected in the condition known as presbyopia.

The Right Tool

Regular vision exams are the best way to decrease our sense of shock when it seems that our vision has suddenly worsened. It is easier for us to adapt to small changes in vision correction than to wait too long before getting a new lens prescription. New glasses do not cause your vision to deteriorate, they just make the change more obvious.

We depend on eyeglasses to make vision better and easier, in the same way a carpenter might depend on having the right tool to use for a specific task. Eyeglasses (or contact lenses) are the appropriate tool for better vision; that’s why we use them. They are the easiest way for us to see more clearly.

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