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.


Healthy Eye Habits for the Fall

Healthy eye habits for fall

The fall season brings cooler weather and new risks for your vision. The drop in temperature can cause dry eyes and allergies to arise. Keep your vision healthy and strong this season with these helpful habits from LASIK eye surgeon Mark R. Mandel, MD of Optima Eye.

Rest your eyes. If you are headed back to school this fall or spending a lot of time in front of a computer, you are at risk for digital eye strain. Symptoms of digital eye strain include dry eyes, redness and itchiness. Remember to rest your eyes by taking frequent breaks. Try the “20-20-20” rule: take a break every 20 minutes and look at objects at least 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds to relieve eye strain. Remember to also blink often; we tend to blink one-third less than normal when using a computer, tablet, smartphone or other digital devices.

Stay active. Don’t let the cold weather keep you from exercising regularly. Staying fit is good for your entire body, including your eyes. Regular exercise can help decrease the risk of diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol, which can cause eye-related complications. Research has also shown that exercise can decrease the risk of macular degeneration and other eye diseases and conditions.

Wear sunglasses. It’s recommended you wear sunglasses outdoors year round, no matter the weather outside. Even when it’s cloudy or overcast, the sun’s harmful UV rays can reach your eyes, putting them at risk for sunburn (photokeratitis). Wearing sunglasses can also safeguard against windy conditions and flying debris that can harm your eyes.

Drink water. The arrival of fall also means the arrival of delicious coffee and hot cocoa flavors. However, it’s important to continue drinking plenty of water. Water is necessary for your body to produce enough tears to keep your eyes moist and comfortable. Eye-related symptoms of dehydration include redness, dryness and puffy eyelids.

Prepare for allergies. Fall can stir up a range of eye allergens, such as pollen, dust and pet dander. Wash your hands often, and avoid rubbing your eyes. If you can, try to avoid what is causing your eye allergies. Remember to wash your pillow cases often. As an added measure, buy allergen resistant pillows.

Get a comprehensive eye exam. The fall season is the perfect time to get your eyes thoroughly checked by a trusted eye doctor. Many children and college students head back to school, making good vision necessary for success. A lot of schools offer vision screening for students, but keep in mind this is not the same as a comprehensive eye exam. An eye exam with your eye doctor can detect vision problems and treat eye conditions to keep your eyes healthy and strong. To schedule an exam for yourself and your family, contact your optometrist. If you have any questions regarding your eye care, email us at

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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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