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.


Comparing the Cost of LASIK and Contacts

Comparing the cost of LASIK vs contacts

The cost of LASIK surgery is one of the most common concerns patients have when considering the procedure. And understandably so, as LASIK surgery tends to have a larger upfront cost than both glasses and contacts. However, statistics show LASIK surgery is actually a wise financial investment. In this month’s blog post, trusted eye surgeon Mark R. Mandel, MD, of Optima Eye decided it would be a good idea to compare the cost of LASIK to the life-long cost of contacts.

The Average Cost of Contacts

If you wear contacts and replace them every two weeks (as recommended by eye doctors), you can expect to spend approximately $220 to $260 per year on contacts. If you wear daily disposable contacts, you can expect to spend about $480 to $720 per year. Contact lenses designed to correct presbyopia and astigmatism tend to cost more, typically around $500 to $700 year. It is also important to factor in the cost of cleaning supplies for your contacts. Your annual cost for contact lens solution can be roughly $150 to $200 a year. In short, the lifetime cost of wearing and caring for contacts can reach into the tens of thousands of dollars over time.

The Average Cost of LASIK

The final price of your LASIK surgery will depend on several factors, including the technology used for the procedure, the difficulty of the procedure and how much vision correction you need. On average, LASIK can cost anywhere between $1,000 and $4,000 per eye. While LASIK surgery has a larger upfront cost than contacts, many of our patients consider the procedure to be a wise investment that pays for itself over time and helps save money in the long run.

Financing Your LASIK Surgery

At Optima Eye, we strive to make laser vision correction available for everyone who needs it. This is why we are proud to offer our patients low-cost financing plans through CareCredit. CareCredit allows patients to make affordable monthly payments that fit every patient’s budget. Speak to a member of our team today to learn more about financing your LASIK surgery with CareCredit.

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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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