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 70,000 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… always 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.


3 Common Vision Conditions to Watch Out for As You Age

Age-related vision changes and conditions

Around age 40, many people begin to notice changes in their vision. Although some of these changes are common and a normal part of the aging process, some may be a symptom of a serious underlying eye condition. In this blog post, San Jose corneal specialist Mark Mandel, MD, discusses common age-related vision problems and how they can be treated.


An estimated 50 percent of all adults age 65 and older have cataracts or have had them surgically removed. A cataract is the clouding of the eye’s natural lens, causing blurry or fuzzy vision. If left untreated, the eye condition can lead to blindness. Early stages of cataracts can be treated with prescription glasses and contact lenses. Once the cataract becomes so severe that it impairs daily activities, it must be surgically removed.


Over time, the natural lens inside your eye become less flexible, making it increasingly difficult for them to change focus from far to near objects. This results in presbyopia, an age-related condition that results in the loss of near vision. Most adults begin to experience presbyopia in their mid-40s.  Presbyopia can be treated with prescription reading glasses. However, patients who wish to see clearly again without glasses may be candidates for monovision, a procedure that corrects one eye for distance vision while leaving the eye other nearsighted. Following the procedure, the eyes will work in tandem to focus and see clearly at most distances.

Macular Degeneration

Macular degeneration, also known as age-related macular degeneration (AMD), is the leading cause of vision loss among adults age 65 and older. The eye condition is characterized by the deterioration of the macula, which is the small, central part of the retina. When the macula breaks down, dark, empty spots in the central vision can appear, drastically affecting one’s ability to see well. Treatment for macular degeneration includes nutritional supplements (AREDS II formula) and sometimes intraocular medications, which may slow down the progression of the disease and prolong vision. Lifestyle changes such as quitting smoking, eating a diet rich in eye-friendly nutrients (such as leafy green vegetables) and exercising regularly can also slow down vision loss caused by AMD.

If you are noticing changes in your vision, please contact Optima Eye. Following a thorough eye examination, Dr. Mandel and his subspecialist associates can discuss your visual symptoms and treatment options. Please call 877-210-2020 ext. 3 today.

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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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