Mark R. Mandel, MD

Mark R. Mandel, MD has been selected by hundreds of eye doctors and other physicians to perform LASIK, corneal transplant, and cataract surgery on themselves, their families, and their office staff.

Mark R. Mandel, MD

As a sub-specialist Dr. Mandel has performed over 60,000 LASIK procedures and 20,000 cataract/IOL procedures. He has been serving Bay Area patients since 1983.

Mark R. Mandel, MD

We are proud to offer state of the art technology for measuring the eye and performing the latest in advanced surgical techniques. Striving to achieve the best possible outcomes.

Mark R. Mandel, MD

Graduate of Oxford University, UCLA School of Medicine, Fellowship trained cornea transplant and refractive specialist. Chosen by more surgeons to perform surgery on themselves and their families.


Should I Have LASIK or PRK?


LASIK and PRK are both effective procedures for improving your vision and reducing reliance on contacts or eyeglasses. While LASIK is the more popular procedure, PRK can be a better choice for certain patients. LASIK specialist Mark Mandel, M.D., uses PRK and other procedures to serve patients who may not be good LASIK candidates. In this post Dr. Mandel explains the factors to consider when deciding between LASIK and PRK.

Differences between LASIK and PRK

Each laser vision correction procedure uses an excimer laser to reshape the cornea and allow light to be more sharply focused onto the retina, thereby improving vision. The main difference between LASIK and PRK is that in PRK no corneal flap is created. Instead, the surface cells of the cornea are polished and removed, and the laser is then applied directly to the surface of the cornea. The disadvantage of PRK is that it requires a longer healing time — but it can be the best option for people that are not good candidates for LASIK.

Reasons to Choose PRK

Patients with very thin corneas may be unable to safely undergo the creation of the corneal flap during LASIK. Other abnormalities in the cornea can also make PRK a better option than LASIK. Patients who have high-risk occupations or hobbies where they are likely to incur an eye injury that could damage the healing corneal flap may also prefer to have PRK.

Results for PRK vs. LASIK

Both PRK and LASIK provide the same results for correcting vision. The main difference is that it may take up to four weeks for vision to become clear after PRK. For this reason, many patients elect to have PRK performed on one eye at a time, with the procedures spread three to five weeks apart.

Schedule a One-on-One Consultation

To decide which procedure is best for your unique needs and goals, schedule a consultation with an experienced laser eye surgeon. Mark Mandel, M.D., will use his extensive experience to help you understand all of your options. Schedule your appointment today by calling 877-210-2020 ext. 3.

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Physicians and patients have traveled from all over the world to Mark R. Mandel, MD

If you would like to meet with Dr. Mandel to discuss your personal vision needs, please contact our office today to schedule a consultation.

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Laser Refractive Surgeries

Laser refractive surgery corrects focusing errors of the eye (e.g., nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism) in order to improve visual sharpness and clarity. Procedures include LASIK, laser cataract surgery and refractive lens exchange.


Premium Cataract Surgery

At Optima Eye we offer premium cataract surgery. Patients can opt for laser cataract surgery and / or premium intraocular lens implants, with several options to fit your unique lifestyle.


Complete Eye Care

Dr. Mandel and his team of professionals offer a complete continuum of general eye care services to accommodate every patient’s needs — whether those needs are as simple as a routine eye exam, or as complex as laser vision correction.


Dry Eye Treatment

Dry eye syndrome, which affects more than 100 million people worldwide, can be painful and debilitating. Dr. Mandel uses several approaches to treat dry eye, ranging from medication to punctal plugs.


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