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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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Experience
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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Innovation
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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What Can Cause Early Cataracts?

Early Cataract Causes

Traditionally, cataracts have been considered a normal part of getting older. With advancing age, the proteins that make up the lens can clump together, creating cloudy areas that dull or blur vision. According to the National Eye Institute, more than half of all Americans have had a cataract or had cataract surgery by the age of 80.

However, not all cataracts develop due to age-related changes inside the eye. There are other factors, including lifestyle and environmental factors, that may contribute to the early onset of cataracts.

To help shed light on the issue, Mark Mandel, MD, discusses some of the factors that may expedite the formation of cataracts. Continue reading

Are Light Eyes More Susceptible to UV Damage?

Blue Eyes Sensitive to Light

By now, you’re aware that wearing sunglasses is important to protect your eyes from the sun and harmful ultraviolet rays. But did you know not all eyes are created equal? Factors such as age and even eye color play a part in how much at risk a person is for UV damage. People with light-colored eyes, including hazel, green or blue eyes, are at higher risk for damage and eye diseases tied to UV exposure.

Unfortunately, not enough people know about this fact. A poll conducted in 2014 by the American Academy of Ophthalmology found that while more than half of Americans surveyed reported having light-colored eyes, only 32 percent of those polled knew that light-colored eyes are associated with a higher risk for sun damage and certain eye diseases. LASIK and cataract surgeon Dr. Mark R. Mandel discusses the risks in greater detail below.

What is UV Damage?

Ultraviolet radiation comes from the sun and artificial sources like welding machines, tanning beds and lasers. Too much exposure to UV radiation can have damaging short-term effects on the skin such as sunburns, and long term effects like wrinkles and sun spots. However, UV radiation can also have harmful short-term and long-term effects on the eyes. Extended exposure to UV rays has been linked to cataracts, macular degeneration and photokeratitis, also known as “eye sunburn,” which can cause temporary vision loss.

Eye Color Matters

Lighter-colored eyes have less pigment to protect against sun damage and UV radiation compared to darker-colored eyes. This means that people with green, hazel, or blue eyes are more sensitive to light and more susceptible to UV damage. Overexposure to UV light over time can cause irreversible damage to the eyes and lead to macular degeneration and cataracts, which effect a large percentage of people age 75 and older. People who are exposed to too much UV radiation are also at greater risk for developing rare eye cancers such as iris and uveal melanoma.

Protect Your Eyes

No matter what color your eyes are, the fact remains you have to protect your eyes from the sun. Eye doctors recommend wearing sunglasses year-round, and even in overcast or cloudy weather. Here are some tips to keep in mind when choosing your sunglasses:

  • Choose wraparound frames
  • Always wear sunglasses with 100 percent UV radiation protection
  • Wear a cap or brim hat
  • Limit your time in the sun

Learn More About UV Light Eye Damage

If you have light eyes and want to learn more about proper eye protection, schedule an appointment with Mark Mandel, MD, at Optima Eye Care. Dr. Mandel will discuss the effects that UV damage can have on light eyes and how to avoid permanent eye damage. Contact our eye care center by calling 877-210-2020 ext. 3 or by emailing us today. Offices located in Hayward, San Jose, Concord, and Castro Valley.

On-the-Job Benefits of Laser Vision Correction

Laser Vision Correction Benefits

When you think about the benefits of LASIK and other laser vision correction procedures, you probably imagine simple pleasures, like falling asleep without having to remove your contact lenses, or hugging your kids without worrying about breaking your glasses. Perhaps you think about the ease of exercising or playing sports without the hassle of corrective eyewear.

And while there are many simple pleasures of a life free from glasses or contacts, laser vision correction can also help you function at a higher level at work.

Read on as experienced laser eye surgeon Mark Mandel, MD, explains some of the on-the-job benefits of laser vision correction. Continue reading

Could the Way You Sleep Contribute to Dry Eye?

Dry eye caused by sleep position

Could the way you sleep improve or worsen dry eye syndrome? A team of ophthalmologists from Long Island, N.Y., believes it might. A study discovered that patients who sleep on their sides tend to experience more severe dry eye symptoms, including burning, itching or stinging eyes, eye fatigue and sensitivity to light.

Read on as Mark Mandel, MD, a corneal specialist serving the Bay Area with offices in San Jose, Hayward, Castro Valley and Concord, explains what you should know about the study. Continue reading

What LASIK Procedure Is Right for You?

Choosing the right LASIK Procedure

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

Questions to Ask Your Cataract Surgeon during Consultation

Cataract Surgery FAQs

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

What Happens at a LASIK Consultation

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

What to Expect Right after LASIK

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

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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.

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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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Hayward, CA 94541

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