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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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5 Facts to Know During Cataract Awareness Month

Cataract Awareness Month 5 Facts San Jose CA

According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, approximately 25 million Americans have cataracts, which is the clouding of the eye’s naturally clear lens. Over time, the clouded vision caused by cataracts worsens and if left untreated, can lead to blindness.

The good news is that cataracts are treatable — and clear, crisp vision is possible with cataract surgery. In honor of Cataract Awareness Month, Bay Area cataract surgeon Mark Mandel, MD, shares five facts to know about cataracts.

Cataracts Occur Gradually

Cataracts occur as a result of proteins in the eye clumping together, clouding a small area of the lens. The clouding that is formed, known as a cataract, becomes larger and denser over time, clouding more of the lens and making it harder to see.

Age Isn’t the Only Risk Factor for Cataracts

Cataracts are largely caused by age-related changes in the eyes. But there are other factors that may cause someone to develop cataracts prematurely. These include:

  • Overexposure to UV light
  • Health conditions (e.g., diabetes, hypertension)
  • Obesity
  • Smoking
  • Prolonged use of corticosteroid medications
  • Previous eye surgery
  • Trauma to eye
  • Family  history of cataracts

Cataract Surgery Is Safe and Common

While early stages of cataracts can be managed with prescription eyewear, the only way to remove cataracts is through surgical intervention. Surgery becomes necessary when the cataracts have advanced so much that they interfere with everyday activities such as reading and driving.

Surgery may sound intimidating but cataract surgery is extremely safe and common. About 3 million cataract surgeries are performed each year, and more than 95 percent of patients achieve clearer vision after cataracts.

Cataract Surgery Can Do More Than Improve Your Vision

Cataract surgery involves removing the clouded natural lens and replacing it with an artificial intraocular lens (IOL) that works to restore clear vision. But cataract surgery does more than restore vision. Researchers have found that having cataract surgery can reduce the risk of falling and automobile accidents. In addition, one recent study found that cataract surgery may even improve mental function.

Laser-Assisted Cataract Surgery Is Available at Optima Eye

Traditional cataract surgery involves using a handheld surgical blade to create an incision through which to access the eye’s natural lens. While this technique is safe, new developments in ophthalmology have made way for laser-assisted cataract surgery. This advanced technique replaces manual instruments with a femtosecond laser to perform critical steps of the cataract removal process. Laser-assisted cataract surgery enhances the precision of many critical steps of cataract surgery.

Laser-assisted cataract surgery is not for everyone. The best way to determine the most appropriate treatment option for you is to schedule a personal consultation with a board- certified cataract surgeon like Dr. Mandel.

If you have been diagnosed with cataracts or suspect that you may have this condition, contact Optima Eye. Book your appointment at one of our four office locations by emailing us or calling 877-210-2020 ext. 3 today.

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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.


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.

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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.

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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.

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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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