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.


Are Refractive Errors Hereditary?

Are refractive errors hereditary?

A growing amount of research has suggested that a person’s family eye health history is a risk factor for many eye conditions including cataracts and macular degeneration. But what about refractive errors like myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness) and astigmatism? Can these common vision problems be inherited? In this blog post, cornea and Bay Area LASIK specialist Mark Mandel, M.D., of Optima Eye answers this question in detail.

What Is a Refractive Error?

Nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism are refractive errors that affect the eye’s ability to focus. An eye affected by a refractive error has a combination of an abnormal curvature of the cornea and abnormal length of the eye. A healthy cornea has an even and smooth curve, allowing it to refract incoming light and create a sharply focused image on the retina. An abnormally shaped cornea and/or a long or short eye cannot refract light properly, resulting in a blurry image.

Are Refractive Errors Inherited?

Research suggests that refractive errors can, in some cases, be inherited. If one or both parents have a refractive error, a child is more likely to suffer from one as well. Babies may be born with a refractive error and the condition can worsen over time. Other risk factors and causes of refractive errors include:

  • Eye injury
  • Previous eye surgery
  • Other eye conditions

If refractive errors run in your family, it is important to regularly undergo comprehensive eye exams. Comprehensive eye exams allow eye doctors to diagnose and treat refractive errors (and other eye problems) in their early stages before they worsen.

Treatment Options for Refractive Errors

The most common ways to treat refractive errors are prescription eyeglasses and contacts. However, a more convenient treatment option exists in LASIK. This laser vision correction procedure utilizes an advanced laser system to change the shape of the cornea so it can properly refract light, restoring crisp and clear vision. LASIK is an outpatient procedure that can be performed in as little as 15 minutes. Most patients notice an improvement in their vision almost immediately.

Get Clearer Vision Today

If you are tired of depending on glasses or contacts to see clearly, LASIK may be for you. To find out if you are a suitable candidate for LASIK or another laser vision correction procedure, please schedule a consultation with Dr. Mandel. Call Optima Eye at 877-210-2020 ext. 3.

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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