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.


Four Ways to Fight Dry Eye

How to fight dry eye

Dry eye is a common condition that affects more than 100 million people. Common symptoms of dry eye include burning, a dry sensation, itchiness, eye fatigue, blurred vision and red eyes. Dry eye is characterized by a chronic lack of sufficient moisture on the surface of the eye. There can be many causes of dry eye. Here, Optima Eye shares four simple yet effective ways to keep your eyes moist and happy.

Blink More Often

Blinking is necessary in keeping the eyes lubricated. Research has shown that when staring at a computer or reading, people blink less frequently — about one-third as often as they normally do. Make an effort to remind yourself to blink more often (try leaving yourself a reminder on a sticky note on your computer desk). An easy way to increase blinking is by following the 20-20-20 rule: Every 20 minutes, look at an object at least 20 feet away for 20 seconds.

Eat Foods Rich in Omega-3

Part of the tear layer consists of oil. Studies have found that eating foods rich in  omega-3 fatty acids can help replenish the oils in your eyes. Foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids include cold-water fish such as salmon and tuna. Walnuts, flaxseeds, and dark green leafy vegetables are also great sources of omega-3. If you don’t like fish, try taking fish oil or flaxseed oil supplements.

Use a Humidifier

Air conditioning, ceiling fans and heating systems can all decrease indoor humidity and cause bothersome dry eye symptoms. If you are prone to dry eye, consider purchasing a humidifier for your home. Investing in a humidifier for your office desktop can also help lessen symptoms.

Avoid (or Protect Against) Windy Conditions

Dry, windy weather conditions cause the moisture on the surface of the eye to evaporate faster than humid weather. Before walking outside, don’t forget to put on a pair of glasses, which help protect against the sun, wind and any small, flying debris. Appliances that blow air, such as hairdryers and fans, should also be avoided when possible.

How to Treat Dry Eye

In most cases, dry eye can be treated and managed successfully. At Optima Eye, we offer several treatments for dry eye, depending on each patient’s symptoms and severity and the underlying cause. For less severe cases, artificial tears may be sufficient. For other patients, we may prescribe punctal plugs to help tears remain on the surface of the eye longer or other treatments.

To learn more about dry eye, including treatment options, email Optima Eye at

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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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