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
Computer Vision Syndrome (Children and Teens)

Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) - Children and Teens

Computer vision syndrome (CVS) is defined as the complex of eye and vision problems associated with computer use. Most parents are concerned with the types of people or subject matter that their children and teenagers are encountering online and on television. Very few if any worry about the effects on their children’s eyesight. You’ve all experienced it – the burning itching heavy eyes that result after spending hours on the computer. Now imagine how drastic the effects could be on a pair of developing eyes.

Computer vision syndrome (CVS) is defined as the complex of eye and vision problems associated with computer use. Symptoms can include fatigue headaches and neck and shoulder pain. Eyes often become itchy red and generally sore; blurred vision is also possible. People who sit in front of a computer for two hours or more are considered at risk for developing the disorder.

This doesn’t bode well for the children of the internet generation. The average child now spends one to three hours on the computer (not including at school) doing homework talking online with friends and playing games. Approximately 90 per cent of school-age children now have computer access either at home or at school. Recently there have been studies pointing to increased risk for early myopia (near-sightedness) in children that frequently use computers. Sitting for hours in front of a computer screen requires constant accommodation of the internal eye muscles and this may result in eyestrain. Due to the poor edge definition of most computer images eye muscles are in a state of flux going in and out of focus to maintain image sharpness. Moreover long hours in front of the computer often result in a decreased blink rate and tear evaporation; burning redness and grittiness are commonly experienced.

So why are children more prone to eye injury from computers? There are three general reasons:

  1. Children and teenagers have inadequate understanding about the situation. They can work/play in front of a computer for hours without realizing the possible damage they could be doing. This prolonged focusing can cause serious eyestrain problems.
  2. Children and teenagers aren’t fully developed physically yet and are not used to changes. So they think the way they see hear and think is completely normal – even if it’s problematic. Any discomfort they experience therefore usually goes unreported.
  3. Children and teenagers are smaller than adults. When a workspace is set up for adult-length arms adult-length legs and the computer is a certain distance from adult eyes it is not geared for a tinier body. Children may attempt to overcompensate by sitting right in front of the monitor or positioning themselves in a manner that may lead to more than eye problems such as neck or back injury.

In order to protect your child or teenager from developing CVS symptoms it is recommended that they be given yearly eye examinations particularly if they display any sort of distress about their eyes. They should also be made to take frequent breaks from the computer. Workstations should be adjusted to fit the child/teen as well as the adult – monitors should be roughly 18-28 inches away from the child/teen’s eyes and there should be minimal glare and appropriate room lighting (i.e. – not pitch dark not too bright.)

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