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.


Is LASIK Safer Than Contact Lenses?

LASIK Safer Than Contacts

Your eyes are one of your most precious assets, and understandably you want to do everything in your power to keep them safe and healthy. When considering LASIK or another type of laser eye surgery, you might have concerns about the safety of the procedure. Inaccurate information may lead you to second-guess whether LASIK is safer than your current means of vision correction (contacts).

Luckily, Bay Area ophthalmologist, corneal specialist, and laser eye surgeon Mark Mandel, MD, is here to help us understand the long-term safety of LASIK versus contact lenses.

LASIK Safety and Risks

Fortunately, LASIK, which was approved by the FDA over 20 years ago, has an excellent safety track record and has successfully treated millions of patients. Surgery is so safe that the U.S. military has adopted the use of laser eye surgery to help troops who rely on corrective eyewear achieve clearer vision.

Additionally, because the technology has vastly improved over the years, few patients report side effects or complications like glare, halos, starbursts or difficulty with night driving. Infection, serious inflammation or dislocation of the healing corneal flap are exceedingly rare. Dry eye, if thoroughly and properly treated before surgery, is also rare.

Contact Lens Safety and Risks

It may surprise you to learn about the risks of your current method of vision correction. In addition to the inconvenience and limitations of contact lenses, they can also put you at risk of eye infections and other complications that lead to vision loss.

Every time you touch your eye or insert the foreign pieces of plastic into your eye, you risk transmitting harmful bacteria to your eye or injuring your eye. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report nearly 1 million doctor visits for eye infections, with contact lens use being the single largest risk factor for infections.

As careful as you might be when handling your contacts, everyone gets lax about contact lens care on occasion. You can dramatically reduce your risk of eye infections and complications by following these guidelines for contact lens use:

  • Do not expose your contacts to water in the shower or while swimming in a pool or hot tub; never use water to clean or soak your contacts
  • Wash your contacts in approved solution
  • Wash your hands before touching your eyes or contacts
  • Do not sleep in your contacts
  • Do not reuse contact lens solution
  • Replace your contact lens case regularly
  • Replace your lenses as scheduled
  • Keep all of your appointments with your optometrist

The Bottom Line

When it comes to the safety of your eyes, LASIK is an FDA-approved and safe choice. Yet the decision to undergo LASIK or another type of laser eye surgery should not be taken lightly. It is best to consult with a qualified laser eye surgeon to evaluate your options.

Contact Optima Eye to request an appointment with Mark Mandel, MD 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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