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 is Rheopheresis?


What is Rheopheresis?

Rheopheresis blood filtration (RHEO) is an innovative application of an established method of plasma therapy to treat Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD). Clinical research has been developing the technology for the past 10 years. The treatment works by removing excess amounts of certain macro-proteins and fatty components associated with various diseases.

How does RHEO work?

RHEO works to treat the most common form of AMD, known as Dry AMD. Dry AMD reveals itself as a gradual and progressive deterioration of the tissues in the back of the eye in the macula. Among other things, the macula provides vision for colors, reading and driving. One hypothesis regarding the cause of Dry AMD is that the macula requires an extremely high amount of nutrients and oxygen to function. Decreased blood flow would deprive the macula of the nutrients it needs and thus significantly degrade visual function.

In RHEO, blood is filtered in a closed circuit outside the body using special filters. Two specially designed filters remove excess levels of substances known to thicken the blood, decrease blood flow and cause damage to capillary vessels. Clinical studies suggest that the filtered blood is able to flow more easily through even the tiniest capillaries of the eye. This improved microcirculation can more effectively supply the macula with oxygen and nutrients.

However, since not all patients with AMD are eligible to receive RHEO, a thorough screening examination, including an eye exam, as well as a series of blood tests is required before undergoing the procedure.

What is a RHEO treatment like?

RHEO is performed in a comfortable recliner. Two IV lines are used, one in each forearm. Blood is pumped from a large vein in one arm, circulated through the filtration system, and the filtered blood is returned to the patient s body through the IV in the other arm.. Blood pressure and pulse are monitored throughout the treatment.

The average session requires approximately two to four hours to safely treat the blood. The patient’s own filtered blood is returned continuously. Blood anti-coagulants are used to prevent clotting in the tubing system. No foreign blood particles are used and no other blood products are involved.

The therapy works best when patients undergo 8 separate treatments administered in pairs over a period of 10 to 12 weeks. For example, you would have your first treatment on Monday and the second on Wednesday. The next pair of treatments would be scheduled 18 to 28 days later.

Side Effects

For the majority of patients treated, RHEO is a low-risk and well-tolerated procedure. However, as with any other medical treatment, there are certain risks and common side effects. These include, but are not limited to, hypotension (drop in blood pressure), cardiac dysrhythmia (abnormal heart rate), nausea, dizziness, fainting, bruising and bleeding from the IV sites. There are no known long-term side effects from RHEO.

There has been theoretical speculation that RHEO therapy may help some medical conditions other than AMD. However, more definitive results depend on further clinical trials.

You should speak with your eye doctor for further details on the possible benefits, risks, complications and side effects associated with this treatment.

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