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 Choose Mark Mandel, MD

How to Choose a Refractive Surgeon

As more and more laser eye surgeons and facilities perform corrective vision surgery and more slash their price to attract patients, it is increasingly important for patients to sort through all of the claims in choosing a surgeon and the right facility.

Here are some elements which are critical to your decision. You must ask the doctor and his staff questions.


Your refractive surgeon should have years of experience treating nearsightedness and astigmatism surgically. A recognized fellowship in corneal surgery is essential. Also, you should speak with patients who had the surgery performed years ago, not just recent patients. Surgeons performing LASIK should have decades of experience using the microkeratome and the femtosecond laser — the instruments used to create the corneal flap. Your surgeon should have performed a minimum of 10,000 LASIK procedures. If you are interested in LASIK, be sure your surgeon has this level of experience.

Comprehensive Skills

Your refractive surgeon should be skilled at all of the currently available techniques to treat vision problems. Today, patients have the luxury of a choice among different procedures such as all laser LASIK, PRK, ICL and clear lens extraction. Unfortunately, a surgeon who knows how to perform only one procedure will not offer choices. Additionally, enhancements (touch-ups) may require the use of advanced surgical techniques mastered by only experienced refractive and corneal surgeons.

Dedication to Refractive Surgery

Some surgeons dabble in refractive surgery, performing a few cases here and there. Your surgeon should be firmly committed to refractive surgery and should be performing hundreds of procedures each month.

Personality and Style

Your vision is precious, and you must feel comfortable with your surgeon on a personal level. Some of the surgical procedures are complex, and you may have many questions which must be completely answered prior to and after your surgery. Your surgeon should welcome such questions and be available to answer them in an honest and caring manner.

State-of-the-Art Equipment

Some surgeons use excimer lasers that are homemade, custom, or reimported devices which may not be approved by the FDA. Additionally, many of these machines are not regularly serviced by the laser manufacturer. Be sure that if you have a laser procedure, you ask the surgeon if the laser being used is an FDA approved machine which is being properly serviced. At OPTIMA we use the latest VISX Star S4 laser and the Allegretto laser, both with active tracking and large pupil capabilities. Additionally, we employ the IntraLase and Ziemer femtosecond lasers to make the flap for all-laser LASIK.

Expert Staff

Before, during and after your procedure you will interact closely with the office and surgical staff. It is important for the staff members to be expert in taking care of the needs of refractive surgical patients. A staff dedicated to refractive surgery, many of whom have had the various procedures themselves, is best able to make sure that your entire surgical experience is rewarding, pleasant, successful, and enjoyable.

How Do Other Eye Doctors Feel About Your Choice of Surgeon?

The surgeons at OPTIMA are honored that not only do other eye doctors send their patients for surgery, but we have performed surgery on hundreds of doctors, their staff and their families. See Why Professionals Choose Optima For Their Surgery.

Make sure that other eye doctors in the community respect your surgeon! The best way to find out is to call your eye doctor or contact a few at random and ask them.

We are proud to say we satisfy all of the above. Just ask our patients and other eye doctors.

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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1237 B Street
Hayward, CA 94541

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455 O’Connor Drive, Suite 360
San Jose, CA 95128

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Concord, CA 94520
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