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.


Questions to Ask Yourself before Choosing LASIK

Questions to ask yourself before LASIK

Choosing to undergo LASIK surgery is an exciting and potentially life-changing decision. LASIK and corneal specialist Mark Mandel, M.D., of Optima Eye has dedicated his career to educating patients so they can make the most informed decision possible when it comes to safely enhancing their vision. Dr. Mandel has compiled the following list of questions all patients should consider before undergoing LASIK.

What Are my Visual Needs?

  • Am I unhappy with the way I look and feel when wearing glasses?
  • Do glasses or contacts get in the way of my favorite activities (e.g., sports)? LASIK can make everyday activities easier and more enjoyable.
  • How high is my vision prescription? Extremely high levels of refractive error may not work well with LASIK, but can be treated with other vision correction options.
  • Do I suffer from other eye conditions besides poor vision? Eye conditions such as lazy eye cannot be treated with LASIK.

Am I a LASIK Candidate?

  • Am I in good health overall? Certain health conditions can affect how you heal from LASIK surgery.
  • Are my eyes healthy? Certain eye condition may disqualify you from LASIK.
  • Has my prescription changed in the last year? Your prescription must be stable for at least 12 months prior to LASIK surgery.
  • Are my pupils extremely large or my corneas very thin? Patients with such conditions may be unsuitable for LASIK but eligible for an alternative procedure such as PRK or implantable contact lens (IOL).

What Is LASIK?

  • What can I expect during the procedure? Familiarize yourself with LASIK by visiting Dr. Mandel’s website ahead of time.
  • Do I understand the risks and possible complications of LASIK? There are potential complications from any surgery (complications from LASIK are rare).
  • Am I aware of what to expect during the LASIK recovery period? Careful post-op care is crucial for your vision results.
  • Have I spoken to friends/family who have had LASIK? Ask for a referral from someone you trust or your regular eye care practitioner.
  • Have I spoken to a LASIK surgeon who is a fellowship-trained corneal specialist? Ultimately, it is best to see a corneal specialist to determine whether you are eligible for LASIK.

Keep in mind that these questions are to be used only as a starting point in your decision to undergo LASIK. To find out if LASIK is right for you, schedule a personal consultation with Mark Mandel, M.D. Please email us 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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