Many people considering LASIK don’t realize that there are several different types of laser vision correction to suit different visual needs. If you are interested in LASIK, you should be well informed about your options before making any decisions about your care. Here, Bay Area LASIK specialist Mark Mandel, MD, provides an overview of the laser vision correction options available at Optima Eye. Continue reading
If blurry vision from cataracts is affecting your quality of life, it might be time to pursue cataract surgery. After gathering a list of reputable surgeons in your area and narrowing it down to a few, you should meet with them to learn more about the surgery and their approach. Ultimately, you want to select a doctor that answers all of your questions and makes you feel completely comfortable. To guide you during your consultations, Mark Mandel, MD, a cataract surgeon serving the Bay Area with offices in San Jose, Hayward, Castro Valley, and Concord, has compiled a list of questions you should ask. Continue reading
If you are considering laser vision correction, the first step on your journey will be a LASIK consultation. The goal of the appointment is to educate you about your treatment options and collect information so we can determine whether you are a suitable candidate for surgery. In this post cornea and LASIK specialist Mark Mandel, MD, describes what happens during a typical consultation. Continue reading
More than 100 million people worldwide are affected by a condition known as dry eye, and that number is expected to increase in the future. Because it is so prevalent, cornea specialist Mark Mandel, MD, wants to share what you should know about dry eye syndrome. Continue reading
Cataract surgery can improve vision and quality of life — but can it also help you live a longer life? According to a new study, the answer is yes. Below, Mark Mandel, MD, of Optima Eye breaks down the study in more detail. Continue reading
If you are planning to have LASIK surgery, you may have questions about the recovery timeframe and what to expect as you recuperate. In general, the recovery process is quite short and usually free of complications. Here, Bay Area laser eye surgery specialist Mark Mandel, MD, shares some more information about what you can expect right after LASIK. Continue reading
According to the National Eye Institute, about half of Americans have a cataract or have had a cataract by the age of 75. Since cataracts are so common in older adults, Bay Area laser eye surgeon Mark Mandel, MD, thought it would be helpful to blog about some of the telltale warning signs. Continue reading
Take a moment to think about all the time you spend looking at screens throughout the day. Between your smartphone, tablet, laptop, desktop, gaming system and television, you may be spending more time looking at a screen than you do sleeping.
But what is this digital dependence doing to your eyes? Can screen time actually hurt your eyes and vision? Bay Area laser eye surgery specialist Mark Mandel, MD, explains what you need to know here. Continue reading
Not everyone with cataracts opts to have them removed right away. The decision to have cataract surgery is a personal one, and there is no universal right or wrong time for the surgical removal of cataracts. The decision to have your cataracts removed is best discussed with a trusted cataract surgeon that knows the particulars of your case.
However, there are some general indications that it might be an appropriate time to pursue cataract surgery. Mark Mandel, MD, of Optima Eye discusses more in this post. Continue reading
On August 21, North America experienced the first total solar eclipse in 99 years. The skies darkened from Oregon to South Carolina as the moon passed in between the sun and the Earth. Millions of people headed outside to catch a glimpse of the exciting natural phenomenon.
In the weeks leading up to the eclipse, national news outlets warned viewers about the dangers of staring directly into the sun during the eclipse. As a Bay Area vision specialist, Mark Mandel, MD, wants to explain why these warnings were so important, why it is dangerous to stare at the sun during a solar eclipse and how to take the proper precautions. With scientists predicting the next total eclipse for North America coming in 2024, it’s a good idea to know how to protect yourself! Continue reading