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
Can Healthful Eating Save Your Eyes?

Antioxidant supplements could slow age-related macular degeneration

A past large study showed that high doses of antioxidant supplements might slow a person's progression from early to late AMD.

Studies now suggest that the healthful eating habits recommended to lower your risk of cancer may also help prevent the most common cause of irreversible blindness that occurs among people in developed countries. Although age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is still not fully understood experts say it may stem from damage caused by oxidation reactions. A past large study showed that high doses of antioxidant supplements might slow a person's progression from early to late AMD. Research does not suggest taking high-dose supplements for prevention of AMD however.

The past study that tested the ability of antioxidants to fight AMD was the important Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS). In it supplements of five to 13 times the recommended amounts of beta-carotene vitamins C and E and the mineral zinc were given to patients who had early AMD which was identified by an examination of the retina or late-stage AMD in which one eye had significantly worsening vision.

After five years supplement usage was linked with a 25 percent less progression to late-stage AMD. Because studies don't show any benefit to early supplementation in preventing AMD researchers recommend lifestyle steps to lower the risk of developing AMD. A balanced diet with plenty of vegetables sunglasses with UV protection and a hat to limit sunlight damage to your eyes are the best practices.

Lifestyle steps are supported by a new large study that positively reports on the ability of a diet with food sources of the antioxidant nutrients used in AREDS to lower the risk of AMD. This new study followed men and women at least 55 years old who had no AMD in either eye at the beginning of the study. After an average of eight years those whose diets ranked in the top half of the group for vitamins C,E,beta-carotene and zinc were 35 percent less likely to have developed AMD. Eliminating people who used any supplements from the analysis left the results virtually unchanged. The levels of vitamin E linked to AMD protection in this study ranged from 20 to 30 International Units (IU). This range differs tremendously from the doses of about 400 IU of this vitamin associated with some health risks in other recent studies. The researchers of this new study also emphasize that diets rich in several antioxidants seem to lower AMD risk more than high amounts of any single antioxidant.

To get the levels of vitamins C and E beta-carotene and zinc linked with lower AMD in this new study you should eat these key foods each day as part of a balanced diet: 6 or more servings of vegetables and fruits (at least 1 ? cups of dark green and 1 cup of orange vegetables per week); 3 or more servings of whole grains; 4 to 6 ounces of meat poultry or seafood (or bean equivalents); 5 to 7 teaspoons of oils like olive and canola; and about 1 ounce of nuts. Several large studies also suggest that eating fish at least twice a week may substantially reduce AMD risk. Too much total fat consumption however particularly too much polyunsaturated fat which is found in fish may increase AMD risk. This fat's chemical structure seems especially vulnerable to oxidation reactions that are thought to damage the eye.

In another new study women who selected foods with the highest glycemic index had more than twice the rate of very early AMD. These women's diets tended to be high in sweets and refined grains and low in beneficial vegetables fruits and whole grains. The link between their diet and AMD held fast even after researchers factored in the amount of fat and lack of antioxidant nutrients in their diets. Perhaps too many refined carbohydrates encourage inflammation and tissue damage. The women's shortage of nutrients and phytochemicals from healthful foods could also explain their extra AMD risk.

By Karen Collins R.D.

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