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.


Timing Your Cataract Surgery

Not everyone with cataracts opts to have them removed right away. The decision to have cataract surgery is a personal one, and there is no universal right or wrong time for the surgical removal of cataracts. The decision to have your cataracts removed is best discussed with a trusted cataract surgeon that knows the particulars of your case.

However, there are some general indications that it might be an appropriate time to pursue cataract surgery. Mark Mandel, MD, of Optima Eye discusses more in this post.

When Cataracts Diminish Your Quality of Life

The most important sign that it is time to have cataract surgery is when cataracts start to affect your quality of life. In the early stages of cataracts, they may not interfere much with your vision or your lifestyle.

However, as cataracts progressively get worse, they may prevent you from being able to perform and/or enjoy many of your daily activities. Here are a few examples of what could happen:

  • Nearly your entire field of vision is cloudy or blurred.
  • You have double vision that affects your balance and driving.
  • You have had a fall or gotten into a car accident because of double vision.
  • You have significant glare when driving at night.
  • Colors are dull and hard to discern.
  • You have difficulty reading or watching television, or no longer enjoy these activities.
  • You no longer enjoy hobbies like knitting, crocheting or playing cards.
  • You have a hard time seeing people’s faces.
  • You feel less productive because of your cataracts.
  • You feel less active because of your cataracts.
  • As a result of these symptoms, you start to withdraw and isolate yourself from others.

If you relate to any of these scenarios, it’s probably time to discuss cataract surgery with a trusted surgeon.

When You Have Ample Support during Recovery

Cataract surgery is performed on an outpatient basis and the recovery is usually fairly short. However, you will need someone to drive you home from the surgery and assist you with daily activities for one or two days after the procedure. The surgical team will not release you to a cab or Uber driver. It’s best to postpone surgery until you can recruit a family member, friend or a short-term health aide to help you during recovery.

If you have been diagnosed with cataracts — or you are experiencing symptoms of cataracts — and want to discuss treatment with a trusted cataract surgeon, please contact Optima Eye today. We can schedule a consultation for you to meet Mark Mandel, MD, and discuss your options.

To schedule a one-on-one appointment with Optima Eye, please 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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