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.


Why You Still Need UV Protection in Winter

UV Protection in Winter

Harmful UV rays don’t go away during winter. The sun can still damage your skin and eyes, increasing your risk of cancer and other conditions. In this post, San Jose LASIK doctor, Mark Mandel, M.D., discusses why you still need UV protection in the winter.

Why Winter UV Protection Is Important

Because you probably aren’t thinking about sun protection during the winter, you may be vulnerable to UV damage if you participate in winter sports. Snow reflects up to 80 percent of UV rays. In addition, UV radiation increases with altitude, and some damaging rays can also penetrate through clouds. This means that even on cloudy days, UV rays could be damaging your skin and eyes while you’re hitting the slopes.

Long-Term Effects of UV Exposure

Even if you’re bundled up in your winter gear, the parts of your face and body that are uncovered are still susceptible to UV damage. The majority of skin cancers occur around the face, head and neck. The lips and eyelids are particularly vulnerable; skin cancers on the eyelids account for 5 to 10 percent of all skin cancers. Vision problems such as cataracts and macular degeneration have also been linked to long-term UV exposure.

Proper Sun Protection during the Winter

Here are some tips to help you protect yourself from UV rays during the winter:

  • Use sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.
  • Be sure to cover spots that are often missed, such as the lips, ears and around the eyes.
  • Cover your head to protect your scalp and keep warm.
  • Get sunglasses that block 99 to 100 percent of UV-A and UV-B rays.
  • Wraparound sunglasses or goggles are best for protecting the eyes, eyelids and surrounding area.

Talk to Your Eye Doctor

To keep your eyes healthy and protected, schedule an appointment with your optometrist. Seeing your doctor regularly can help you spot eye health issues early and take steps to prevent the development of serious eye diseases. To talk with an eye surgeon who has experience correcting several types of vision problems, schedule a visit with Mark Mandel, M.D., by calling 877-210-2020 ext. 3.

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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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