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.


Qualities of a LASIK Candidate

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LASIK is one of the most exciting elective surgeries performed today. Millions of people have had their nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism corrected and achieved freedom from corrective eyewear, thanks to LASIK. If you would like to be one of them, you must meet a certain set of criteria to qualify for surgery. Read on as Bay Area ophthalmologist, corneal specialist and laser eye surgeon Mark Mandel, MD, outlines the important qualities of a LASIK candidate.

Stable Vision Prescription

A stable vision prescription ensures the best chances for precise, lasting results. It is important that your vision prescription remain stable for at least a year prior to LASIK.

Good Eye Health

No reputable surgeon should perform LASIK on you if you have corneal disorders or other pre-existing conditions such as cataracts, glaucoma or keratoconus. LASIK is not recommended if you have a recent history of eye infections or ocular herpes. If you struggle with chronically dry eyes, you must vigorously treat this condition BEFORE LASIK in order to resolve the dry eye (or avoid surgery).

Adequate Corneal Thickness

In order for the procedure to safely take place, your corneas must have sufficient thickness. Prior to the laser correction, a flap is made in your outer cornea. If your corneas are too thin, you may be at risk of surgical complications. Fortunately, other options such as PRK or the intraocular contact lens (ICL) can be used in this situation.

Good General Health

Good general health and wellbeing affects the safety and success of your LASIK surgery. If you have any chronic health conditions, including an autoimmune disorder (e.g., lupus, rheumatoid arthritis), you may not be a good candidate for LASIK.

Laser eye surgery is also not recommended if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as the hormonal changes that occur during these periods can interfere with your surgical recovery and results.

Maintain Realistic Expectations

It is important that you maintain realistic expectations of what the procedure can and cannot accomplish. For instance, the procedure can greatly reduce your dependence on glasses and contacts, but it cannot guarantee perfect vision.

Interested in Learning More?

Do you think you fit the profile of a LASIK candidate? The best way to know for sure is to schedule an exam with Mark Mandel, MD. He will evaluate your eyes thoroughly and get to know you and your medical history before determining whether LASIK is suitable for your particular needs.

To request a consultation with our laser eye surgeon, please call 510-886-3937 ext. 3 today.

Sarah Lee shares her successful LASIK experience. Click below to enjoy her video.

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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Hayward, CA 94541

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