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
Ultraviolet Light: Health Hazard

Most people know that ultraviolet (UV) light can cause premature aging of the skin, sunburn and some skin cancers, but UV is also dangerous to the eyes.

Aside from the skin damage that occurs in the sensitive eyelids, UV radiation has been found to be a significant factor in the development of cataracts, as well as progression of age-related macular degeneration, a leading cause of blindness. In addition, UV is an underlying cause of certain types of exposure damage to the conjunctiva in the formation of small growths called pingueculas, and larger, wedge-shaped plaques known as pterygiums. UV exposure can also cause a condition called photokeratitis, which is the medical term for an ocular sunburn. The skin covering the cornea and the conjunctiva are sensitive to damage from the same rays that cause skin sunburn elsewhere, because they are essentially specialized skin cells and are susceptible to the same kinds of changes as seen in the skin anywhere else on the body. Both UV-A and UV-B rays are implicated in these conditions.

UV light is part of the radiation spectrum and is not visible to humans. Because UV rays have more energy than visible light, they can penetrate the ocular tissues more easily, where they can damage the crystalline lens and the retina.

There is no proven benefit to UV light rays. Full-spectrum lighting, which is largely a marketing term without regulation, may not differ substantially from ordinary lighting. A study done by the non-profit Lighting Research Center, showed that full-spectrum light does not provide any improved benefits over similar light systems using ordinary cool-white fluorescent lighting or other incandescent lights.

UV radiation has recently been used in the bleaching of teeth, where it supposedly enhances the whitening power of the bleaching agent . Studies have now shown that there is no added benefit at all to using UV to enhance whitening of the teeth, and that in fact it causes more damage in the form of grooves on the enamel surface, which makes them more vulnerable to mechanical stress. UV light does not act as a catalyst for the bleaching agent to work; all it does is expose your lips, gums, facial skin and eyes to damaging, high-energy light.

Prevention is Best

Once UV-related changes begin to appear, the best course of action is to prevent progression and further damage. Damage to the eyes happens gradually and is not reversible; because of this, it is important to protect the eyes from UV light from a very young age.

Usually, we think of eye protection as impact resistance, but it also refers to UV blocking. Children should wear good-quality sunglasses that block UV and wear a hat with a broad brim in front to prevent UV from getting to the eyes. Children spend more time outside and are therefor more vulnerable to cumulative damage from UV. Like the use of seat belts, it is important to protect the eyes every time they would be exposed to the sun; the best way is to make eye protection a habit.

The photo shows four keys to UV protection: scarf, hat, sunblock and sunglasses.

Good sunglasses can be much more than just a fashion statement; they can be essential for long-term eye health.

Choose sun eyewear that blocks at least 99% of UV light and keep in mind that lenses that wrap-around the face will be more effective, particularly from reflected light off water or snow. It is important to know, however, that labelling standards for sunglasses are voluntary, but are left to the manufacturer. Also, the darkness of the tint does not reflect how well the glasses block UV; the UV protection is provided by an invisible protective coat applied during manufacturing. Adding UV protection later is not effective.

Ironically, sunglasses that haven’t been treated for UV protection may be even more harmful than no lenses at all. This is because the dark lenses cause the pupils to dilate, which allows more UV to move into the eye.

All optical plastic and high-index glass lenses at our office have UV protection that does block 100% of UV radiation. Because we feel that our patients should not be without this valuable protection, we do not charge for the UV-blocking coating.

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