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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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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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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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Can I Have LASIK If I Have Keratoconus?

Can LASIK Treat Keratoconus San Jose CA

LASIK is a laser vision correction procedure that reshapes the cornea to correct refractive errors such as nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. During the reshaping of the cornea, some corneal tissue is removed, making the cornea thinner. As a result, LASIK is absolutely contraindicated for individuals with keratoconus, an eye condition characterized by thinning of the cornea.

Bay Area Corneal specialist and LASIK surgeon, Mark Mandel, MD, explains more in this blog post.

Understanding Keratoconus

Keratoconus is a progressive degenerative corneal condition. It causes the normally round cornea to thin and bulge into a cone-like shape. This in turn deflects light as it enters the eye on its way to the retina, distorting vision. As the bulging of the cornea worsens, nearsightedness and irregular astigmatism can occur. In addition to blurred vision, keratoconus can result in glare and light sensitivity.

Why Keratoconus May Disqualify You from Having LASIK

Keratoconus weakens the cornea, and having LASIK can weaken an eye with keratoconus even further.         

Treating Keratoconus with Intacs and Collagen Crosslinking

Fortunately there are several treatment options available for individuals with keratoconus. Keratoconus can be effectively treated with prescription eyewear such as glasses for milder cases and contact lenses for more advanced cases. But as the condition worsens, more advanced treatments are needed. Cornea specialist Mark Mandel MD is pleased to offer Intacs, which are FDA-approved clear, arc-shaped corneal inserts that are surgically inserted within the peripheral cornea to flatten and reshape the front surface of the eye. In addition to treating keratoconus, Intacs can be used to treat induced ectasia after LASIK surgery. It’s important to note that Intacs do not cure keratoconus or LASIK-induced ectasia or halt their progression. It can, however, make it easier to wear contact lenses to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism.

Collagen crosslinking is an FDA-approved procedure that uses vitamin B drops and an ultraviolet light to strengthen the cornea and halt the progression of the condition. It is extremely effective in stopping the progression and should be used as soon as keratoconus is diagnosed (especially in children and teens).

Corneal specialist Mark Mandel, MD, can discuss your treatment options in detail upon meeting with you and evaluating your case. To schedule a personal consultation, contact Optima Eye 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

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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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