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.


What to Know about Dry Eye

More than 100 million people worldwide are affected by a condition known as dry eye, and that number is expected to increase in the future. Because it is so prevalent, cornea specialist Mark Mandel, MD, wants to share what you should know about dry eye syndrome.

Understanding Dry Eye

Your eyes are bathed in a layer of tears called the tear film. If the quantity of your tears is lacking, or the composition of the tears is off balance, dry eye can occur.

Healthy tears are composed of three layers: water, which nourishes the surface of the eye, mucous, which helps the water layer adhere to the eye, and oil, which prevents the tears from evaporating too quickly. If the composition of the tears changes and there is not enough oil in the tears, they can evaporate prematurely; this is known as “evaporative dry eye.”

Symptoms can range from mildly irritating to practically debilitating. Common dry eye symptoms include red, itchy or fatigued eyes. The condition can also cause a burning or aching sensation in the eyes, sensitivity to light and blurry vision.

Causes of Dry Eye

Factors that can decrease your tear production or alter the composition of your tears include the following:

  • Advancing age (i.e., 50 or older)
  • Medications like antihistamines, decongestants, birth control pills and antidepressants
  • Hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy or menopause
  • Autoimmune disorders such as Sjogren’s syndrome, lupus or rheumatoid arthritis
  • Environmental factors like wind or dry climates
  • Seasonal allergies
  • Laser eye surgery like LASIK

Diagnosing and Treating Dry Eye

If you are experiencing any of the aforementioned symptoms of dry eye, Dr. Mandel recommends you see your regular eye doctor for an evaluation. During that appointment, several tests may be performed to confirm the presence and severity of dry eye.

Treating dry eye may require several different approaches to restore adequate moisture to the surface of the eyes. Often, the first line of defense against dry eye is to use artificial tears, sometimes combined with the addition of an Omega 3 dietary supplement. Other medications like Restasis or Xiidra may be prescribed.

The next step may include placing tiny removable plugs in the “drains” that control the outflow of tears. This helps preserve the natural tears the eye produces and enables artificial tears to stay in contact longer with the surface of the eyes.

Other lifestyle changes, such as limiting screen time or exposure to air conditioning and using a humidifier, may be recommended in conjunction with dry eye medications and treatment.

If dry eye is detected during a pre-LASIK screening, the condition must be treated before proceeding with laser vision correction.

Are You Experiencing Symptoms of Dry Eye?

If your eyes feel dry or itchy, or if you are experiencing other symptoms of dry eye, contact your regular eye doctor to request a screening. If you are diagnosed with dry eye, Dr. Mandel offers a wide range of treatments that he can discuss with you. Please contact Optima Eye by calling 877-210-2020 ext. 3 or emailing with any questions.

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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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