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
LASIK Surgery: Am I a Good Candidate?


Refractive surgery has made great strides during these last few years, both in the accuracy of its results and in its overall safety. It has become extremely popular with people who are nearsighted, farsighted or have astigmatism because it greatly reduces their dependence on their eyewear, either contact lenses or glasses. However, it is still surgery, and must be treated as such, not as if it is merely a cosmetic issue.

LASIK (an acronym for “Laser-Assisted in Situ Keratomileusis) is one type of refractive surgery for the correction refractive errors, including myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness) and astigmatism. In LASIK surgery, the ophthalmologist (ocular surgeon) a flap is made on the front surface of the cornea. The flap is turned back, a laser is used to remove corneal tissue and the flap is returned to its original position. Patients should realize that this is a greatly simplified description of the process, but in any case, LASIK provides a permanent reduction in refractive error and reduces the need for either contact lenses or glasses.

Most surgeons who perform LASIK do the procedure on both eyes in the same visit to the surgical center.

LASIK is an elective procedure and there are alternatives for vision correction that include both surgical and non-surgical choices, including spectacle eyewear, contact lenses, orthokeratology (Ortho-K) and lens implants.

What Factors can Help Determine if LASIK Might be for Me?

Good candidates for LASIK surgery include the following characteristics:

  • Are at least 18 years of age
  • Have a stable prescription for eyeglasses for at least the previous year
  • Be in good general health with no eye diseases such as glaucoma, cataracts or keratoconus, or certain other retinal or optic nerve disease
  • Have no reduction in the immune system, whether caused by medications or other conditions
  • Have no autoimmune conditions or collagen vascular diseases
  • Are in good general health, without issues such as uncontrolled diabetes, herpes simplex or herpes zoster
  • Are not currently pregnant or nursing

Most surgeons prefer contact lens wearers to discontinue their lenses for a period of time that varies with the type of lenses worn; soft lens users should stop using their lenses for at least a month and have a stable prescription after that, while rigid gas-permeable (RGP) lens wearers are advised to discontinue their lenses for a longer period of time. If you have undergone ortho-k and are still wearing retainer lenses at night, these must be discontinued and any refractive error to re-establish itself until it is stable for at least a year.

Hormonal changes in pregnancy may affect the stability of prescription eyewear, which is why women who are currently pregnant or nursing are not considered good candidates, until at least two menstrual cycles after nursing has been discontinued.

A consultation with an eyecare practitioner is the quickest and most reliable way to get information about this procedure and get written materials to review. If you would like to talk with someone who has had laser vision correction, we will be happy to put you in touch with patients who can describe their experience to you firsthand.

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