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.


Red Flags to Watch for In Your LASIK Consultation

Choosing a LASIK surgeon

The chances of achieving satisfying LASIK outcomes increase exponentially when you select the right surgeon to perform the procedure. According to Mark Mandel, MD, a cornea specialist and laser eye surgeon serving the Bay Area, the success of your surgery depends on the experience and skills of your surgeon.

Sometimes red flags come up in the consultation process that serve as a warning that the surgeon is not the right one for you. As you look for LASIK surgeons in your area, be on the lookout for the following red flags:

The surgeon is not a board-certified ophthalmologist.

Beyond having a license to practice medicine, your laser eye surgeon should be certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology, which is the only certifying board for doctors specializing in ophthalmology. Board certification indicates that the surgeon has completed specific training and continuing education within their specialty.

The surgeon does not perform LASIK regularly.

You should get an idea of how long the surgeon has been performing LASIK, how many procedures they have performed in their career and how often they perform the surgery. A doctor that performs LASIK once or twice a month doesn’t have the same competency as someone that performs it hundreds of times a month.

Communication is poor.

Great LASIK surgeons and their staff take the time to explain the surgery in great detail (in easy-to-understand language) and answer all of your questions. If a surgeon appears unwilling to answer your questions or rushes you through the appointment, that surgeon is not the one for you.

The surgeon promises perfection.

Another huge red flag is that the surgeon promises perfect results and glosses over the very real risks of surgery. Although the chances of complications are low when surgery is performed by an experienced surgeon, the procedure is not risk-free. Any reputable surgeon will explain the possible complications and help you weigh the potential risks against the benefits.

You feel pressured to make a decision quickly.

Having any elective surgery is a big decision, and trustworthy LASIK surgeons and their staff understand that. You should never feel pressured to decide quickly whether you want to move forward with surgery.

The price seems too good to be true.

Price is an important criterion but not more important than the skill and experience of the surgeon. If the price seems too good to be true, it could be meant to deflect from the surgeon’s lack of expertise or outdated technology. Paying rock bottom prices for LASIK could actually require you to spend more money in the long run correcting the results.

Book a Consultation with Mark Mandel, MD

To book a laser vision correction consultation at one of Dr. Mandel’s four office locations, please email him or call 877-210-2020 ext. 3 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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