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.


Top Five LASIK Myths

Common LASIK Myths

If you are considering LASIK surgery to enhance your vision, you may have already started researching the procedure. But how much of what you have heard is actually true? In this blog, top laser eye surgeon Mark R. Mandel, MD, of Optima Eye debunks the top five myths about LASIK surgery.

Myth #1: Everyone is a candidate for LASIK.

While we wish it were true, not everyone is a suitable candidate for LASIK surgery. The procedure is designed to only treat specific refractive errors such as nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. Additionally, patients with thin corneas may not be eligible for LASIK. The only way to know whether LASIK is right for you is by scheduling a consultation with Optima Eye. If you are not a suitable candidate for LASIK, you may be eligible for other vision correction procedures.

Myth #2: LASIK surgery can make me go blind.

LASIK surgery has been proven to be safe and effective, and most associated risks and complications are mild. Possible side effects include halos, dry eye and irritation. Complications are rare and can be addressed right away. To minimize risks, it is important to choose an experienced and qualified LASIK surgeon, who is also a cornea specialist, and follow their pre-op and post-op instructions.

Myth #3: LASIK surgery is painful.

LASIK surgery itself is generally painless. During the procedure, numbing eye drops are used to keep the eyes comfortable. Immediately after the procedure you may feel some temporary discomfort. Dr. Mandel can prescribe Motrin and special eye drops to relieve these post-op symptoms.

Myth #4: LASIK surgery costs more than glasses and contacts.

When you consider the life-long costs of glasses and contacts, LASIK is actually less expensive. The cost of eyeglasses, frames, contact lenses, not to mention cleaning supplies, can add up to tens of thousands of dollars throughout your lifetime. Not only is LASIK a worthwhile investment, it can also help you save money in the long term.

Myth #5: After LASIK, I will never need glasses or contacts.

LASIK surgery has an outstanding success rate; more than 95 percent of LASIK patients achieve 20/20 vision or better. This means that most patients no longer need to rely on glasses or contacts after LASIK.

It is important to note, however, that even after successful LASIK results, you may need reading glasses after the age of 45. LASIK does not protect against age-related conditions such as cataracts and presbyopia. These changes in vision are age-related and can even affect people with perfect vision.

Do you want to learn more about LASIK surgery? Trusted eye surgeon Mark R. Mandel, MD, of Optima Eye will gladly answer all of your questions. To schedule a personal consultation, please email us at

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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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