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
Cataracts - General Description


A cataract occurs when there is progressive clouding of the normally clear lens within the eye. This results in impaired or dimmed vision. The exact cause of cataracts is unknown. However, researchers believe that a chemical change in the eye causes proteins to form opacities or clumps that cloud the lens. As the opacity grows it inhibits the passage of light distorting vision.

Since the clouding of the lens is gradual cataracts affect people over 55 years old. It is one of the most common conditions related to aging but cataracts can affect younger people as well. They rarely affect infants but when they do it is usually the result of an infection during pregnancy such as rubella or syphilis. Cataracts can also result from diseases such as diabetes from injury from certain types of medication such as steroids or they can be hereditary. Some researchers believe that the risk of developing cataracts increases with excessive exposure to ultraviolet radiation extreme alcohol consumption and cigarette smoking.



Although cataracts usually develop without discomfort there are often indications that one may be forming. Symptoms include:

  • Blurry or filmy vision
  • Increased sensitivity to light and glare
  • Double vision or poor night vision
  • Distorted colours.
  • Temporary improvement in nearsighted vision commonly known as second sight.
  • Treatment

There is currently no proven method to prevent the formation of cataracts. Most eyecare practitioners recommend wearing sunglasses on sunny days and some propose lifestyle changes such as a diet high in antioxidants that includes vitamins C E beta-carotene and lutein moderate to low alcohol consumption and no smoking. An optometrist can diagnose a cataract monitor its development and prescribe necessary changes in glasses or contact lenses to maintain adequate vision.

If the cataract progresses to the point that it seriously impairs vision and affects daily activities cataract surgery is a relatively simple and painless process that can help restore vision. Recent statistics indicate that surgeons perform over 1.5 million cataract surgeries each year in North America and that 90 per cent of surgery patients regain some vision. The surgery entails the removal of the eye s natural lens and of replacement of an artificial plastic intraocular lens (IOL). If both eyes are affected the surgeon will operate on different days.

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