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.


Activities that Are Enjoyable After LASIK

Life after LASIK

From glancing at your alarm clock in the morning to driving and playing your favorite sport, LASIK surgery can improve many aspects of your life. Following the quick and painless procedure (and recovery), patients are pleasantly surprised as to just how much more enjoyable most activities are. If you are considering LASIK, here are some of the activities you can look forward to glasses-free after your procedure.


Any qualified eye doctor would tell you that swimming with your contact lenses is not a good idea as it can lead to an infection. Whether you want to take a quick dip in the pool or hot tub, or scuba dive, LASIK makes the experience much more enjoyable, easier and potentially safer. Be ready at a moment’s notice to jump in the water without worrying about storing away your glasses or taking out your contact lenses.

Hiking / Camping

If you hike on a sunny day, you likely will want to swap your prescription eyewear for sunglasses. Unfortunately, this may mean you can’t fully enjoy the breathtaking view thanks to your fuzzy eyesight. Additionally, high altitudes dry the eyes, which is a problem for those who wear contact lenses. Laser vision correction surgery allows you to enjoy the picture perfect view without wearing glasses or worrying about contact lens hygiene.


Clear vision is crucial for any number of reading tasks that are part of your daily routine, from browsing through small print on your smartphone to reading documents on your computer screen at work or the street signs when driving. With LASIK, reading becomes a breeze. Imagine not having to stress about finding your glasses or putting on your contact lenses to read something on the spot. LASIK gives you the ability to see clearly and comfortably.

Contact Sports

Wearing glasses while playing contact sports like basketball and football is not only uncomfortable, it’s dangerous. According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, approximately 42,000 people visit the emergency room due to sports-related eye injury each year. Laser vision surgery may reduce your risk of a potentially serious eye injury. It also may enhance your performance in the game.

Watching Movies and TV Shows

If you’re an avid movie fan and have blurry vision, finding the perfect seat is a crucial part of your movie-going experience. For instance, if you’re nearsighted, sitting in the back row will likely have you squinting at the screen rather than concentrating on the actual movie. And if you wear prescription eyeglasses, it’s nearly impossible to wear them underneath 3D glasses. With LASIK, you’re free to enjoy the movie no matter where you’re sitting.

Ready for Clearer Vision?

If you are ready to achieve freedom from prescription eyewear, schedule a one-on-one consultation with LASIK specialist Mark Mandel, M.D. Learn more about your laser vision correction options by emailing Optima Eye at

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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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