Despite the detrimental effect diabetes can have on ocular health, many people with diabetes are unaware of their risk. The American Academy of Ophthalmology recognizes November as “Diabetic Eye Disease Awareness Month” in an effort to familiarize the public with what diabetes can do to the eyes. Mark Mandel, MD, would like to join the AAO’s efforts and help make you aware of what diabetes can do to your eyes. Continue reading
Keratoconus is an eye condition that normally develops sometime between the early teenage years and early twenties and gets worse over time. If you have been diagnosed with keratoconus, you may be curious how it impacts your LASIK prospects. Read on as Mark Mandel, MD, explains whether LASIK is possible with keratoconus. Continue reading
The chances of achieving satisfying LASIK outcomes increase exponentially when you select the right surgeon to perform the procedure. According to Mark Mandel, MD, a cornea specialist and laser eye surgeon serving the Bay Area, the success of your surgery depends on the experience and skills of your surgeon.
Sometimes red flags come up in the consultation process that serve as a warning that the surgeon is not the right one for you. As you look for LASIK surgeons in your area, be on the lookout for the following red flags: Continue reading
Mark Mandel, MD, of Optima Eye is acutely aware of the ways cataract surgery in the Bay Area can change his patients’ lives. A new study from Alcon, which manufactures cataract surgery technology, confirms what Dr. Mandel and his patients already know to be true: cataract surgery can have tremendously positive emotional and physical impacts on a person’s life.
Dr. Mandel hopes that by sharing more information about this study, prospective cataract surgery patients can feel confident and excited as they pursue their treatment options. Continue reading
For the right candidates, LASIK laser vision correction can be life changing. And thanks to advances in technology, the surgery is becoming more popular among adults of all ages.
If you are on the fence about pursuing your LASIK options, this blog post is for you — Bay Area cornea and LASIK specialist Mark Mandel, MD, of Optima Eye is sharing five of the top reasons to consider LASIK. Continue reading
Photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) is a laser eye surgery procedure that corrects nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. PRK is similar to LASIK in that the same Wavefront laser is used for the treatment, however, there is no LASIK flap. Accordingly, the recovery is quite different. In this post, Bay Area vision specialist Mark Mandel, MD, describes what patients can expect from PRK.
PRK is performed for those individuals who are not candidates for LASIK either because the cornea is too thin, or the patient prefers not to have a LASIK flap because it might interfere with work or everyday activities. Continue reading
LASIK surgery has many benefits including clearer vision and a decreased dependence on glasses and contact lenses. But despite these benefits, many patients may be hesitant to undergo the laser vision correction procedure because of the cost. In actuality, LASIK can help patients save thousands of dollars in vision-related costs over time. Leading LASIK specialist in the Bay Area, Mark Mandel, MD, explains how in this blog post. Continue reading
By now you are aware that the sun can take a toll on your skin. But did you know your eyes are also at risk of sun damage? In addition, the summer season brings with it certain dangers that can put your eye health at risk. San Jose LASIK expert Dr. Mark Mandel outlines summer eye health risks. Before you step outside to enjoy the sun, take a moment to read these tips on how to keep your eyes happy and healthy during the summer season. Continue reading
More than 22 million Americans age 40 and older have cataracts, which is the clouding of eye’s natural lens. Common symptoms of cataracts include hazy, blurry vision, glare and halos around lights. Although there is no medical cure for cataracts, there are several ways to reduce your risk of developing the condition or if you have it, slow down its progression. According to one study, eating foods rich in vitamin C can cut the risk of cataract progression by a third. Here, cataract surgeon Mark Mandel, MD, discusses the study’s findings in detail. Continue reading
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. Continue reading