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.


Common Reasons Why You May Have Chronically Dry Eyes

Dry Eye Treatment in San Jose

Do your eyes constantly feel itchy, irritated or gritty? The problem may be dry eye, a condition that occurs when your eyes cannot maintain a healthy layer of tears. According to a report published in the American Journal of Ophthalmology, more than 16 million Americans experience the same uncomfortable symptoms of dry eye.

Relief is available with Mark Mandel, MD, who is trained to diagnose and treat dry eye. The treatment solution he recommends will depend on your particular case and the underlying cause. Read on to learn more about what could be to blame for your dry eyes.

Your Age

Dry eye disease becomes more common with age as natural tear production decreases. If you are over the age of 65, you are more likely to develop dry eye symptoms.

Pre-existing Health Conditions

A history of systemic conditions such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, Sjogren’s syndrome, rosacea and thyroid disorders increases the chances of dry eye.

Medications You Take

If you take medications such as antihistamines, antidepressants, diuretics and beta-blockers, they could be affecting your tear production. Birth control pills and sleeping pills are also associated with dry eyes.

Spending Lots of Time Using a Computer or Smartphone

Working on a computer or scrolling through your smartphone or tablet for prolonged periods of time are visually intensive tasks that slow down your natural blink rate. As a result, tears may evaporate off the surface of your eyes more quickly and your eyes may become dry.

Going Through Menopause

According to the American Journal of Ophthalmology report, twice as many women have been diagnosed with dry eye than men. Many of these women develop dry eye as a result of the hormonal changes that occur during menopause.

Exposure to Dry or Windy Climates

Environmental conditions such as dry, windy climates can cause tears to evaporate from your ocular surface rapidly. If you are regularly exposed to smoke or secondhand smoke, it may cause or contribute to your dry eye problems.

Low-Humidity Environments

A lack of moisture in the air can affect your sensitive eyes. Running heat or air conditioning inside your home excessively can increase the evaporation of your tears, as can spending time in low-humidity environments like airplanes and hospitals.

Eyelid Abnormalities

Abnormalities of the eyelids, such as entropion (when the eyelids turn inward) and ectropion (when the eyelids turn outward) have been linked to dry eye symptoms. Disorders that prevent eyelids from completely closing during sleep can also cause dry eyes.

Get Professional Help for Dry Eyes

Sometimes simple tweaks — like using a humidifier in your home, decreasing screen time and stopping medications known to reduce tear production — help resolve dry eye symptoms. But it is best to consult with a doctor like Mark Mandel, MD, who can determine the underlying cause of your problems and recommend a safe, effective course of action.

To request an appointment with Mark Mandel, MD, please call 510-886-3937 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.

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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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