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.
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    --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




A common and often persistent condition blepharitis (blef-uh-RYE-tus) refers to a bacterial infestation of the eyelashes. Blepharitis usually results from poor eyelid hygiene a low-grade bacterial infection and/or irregular functioning of the oil gland. It rarely results in long-term damage to vision but it can cause both ingrown and the loss of eyelashes. The ingrown eyelashes cause further irritation to the eye area. In severe cases there is a loss of pigment in the eyelashes causing them to turn white or grey.

People who experience skin conditions including dandruff,oily skin, seborrheic dermatitis, eczema, rosacea or psoriasis are more susceptible to blepharitis. People exposed to chemical fumes,smog,smoke and other irritants or those reacting to medication might experience chronic cases of blepharitis.

Although more often seen in adults it does affect children as well. Like dandruff blepharitis tends to be a chronic condition without a cure however treatment does exist to manage blepharitis and to improve eyelid hygiene.

There are two main types of blepharitis; seborrheic and staphylococcal. Gland dysfunction brought on by hormones one’s general health or lack thereof stress and poor nutrition are common causes of seborrheic blepharitis. Dandruff of the scalp and other skin conditions usually accompany it. The second type is staphylococcal blepharitis caused by the staphylococcus bacteria. This condition can result in the loss of eyelashes enlarged blood vessels around the lids and crusting around the eyes

Signs and Symptoms

The most common side effects of blepharitis are styes and chalazia. These result when the bacterial debris clogs the pores of the eyelids and cause the glandular secretions to back up. Other common symptoms include redness around the edge of the eyelids and/or scaly as well as crusty matter on the eyelids or lashes especially noticeable upon waking. People also experience swollen eyes greasy flakes or scales at the base of the eyelashes or on the eyelids loss of or ingrown eyelashes and excessive tearing. Symptoms include feeling that something is in the eye when blinking itching or burning eyes sensitivity to light and/or irritation of the skin at the edges of the eyelids.


Treatment of blepharitis often requires a program of eyelid hygiene including eyelid cleansing at specific intervals. Regular washing of your hands face and scalp with soap will help control mild cases. For cases that are stubborn warm compresses and eyelid scrubs are recommended. Make warm compresses by running a facecloth under warm water. Gently run the facecloth along the base of your lashes drawing the cloth out towards the end of the lashes on both the top and bottom lids. Rinse the cloth before you rub the other eye. Special pads are available for eyelid scrubs that decrease the amount of debris flaking skin and eyelid redness. Use warm compresses and eyelid scrubs two to three times a day. In some cases however it might take up to eight weeks before there is an improvement. Ongoing treatment is often necessary to control the condition. Your optometrist might also prescribe an antibiotic depending on the severity of the condition. Avoid wearing makeup and replace your makeup during flare-ups of blepharitis. This is important as bacteria can survive in makeup cases on pencils and especially on mascara. If you wear contact lenses you should not wear them while you have symptoms.

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