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Area of Special Interest and Extensive Training: Cataract Surgery, LASIK, Corneal Disease, Glaucoma
Dr. Mark attended Stanford University and completed degrees in biology and music. He received his medical degree from the Stanford University School of Medicine and completed his internship at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in San Jose. Following his ophthalmology training at Stanford University, he joined the teaching faculty at Stanford. He completed a two-year fellowship in corneal disease and surgery at Harvard.
He also worked as a research associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the Eye Research Institute in Boston. His special interest areas are corneal diseases, laser vision correction, and cataract surgery. Dr. Mark is married and has two daughters and a son. His outside interests include music, tennis, and softball.
Areas of Interest and Extensive Training: Orthokeratology, Keratoconus
Dr. Mendelson, a board certified optometrist, received his doctorate at the University of California at Berkeley. He was trained at Oak Knoll Naval Hospital, Pacific Presbyterian Medical Center and at the Veterans Administration Hospital at Stanford. Dr. Mendelson has been a clinical investigator for FDA contact lens studies. He is currently an Adjunct Professor for the New England College of Optometry, and has taught students from various colleges throughout his career.
Dr. Mendelson is a leading optometrist in the field of Orthokeratology/CRT overseeing one of the busiest Orthokeratology/CRT practices in the nation. He has devoted his practice to this field. Over the last 25 years Dr. Mendelson has fit thousands of patients with Orthokeratology/CRT contacts and achieved the designation of F.I.A.O., Fellow of the International Academy of Orthokeratology.
Dr. Mendelson is one of only a few doctors to obtain this title. He is a member of the American Optometric Association as well as the California Optometric Association. Dr. Mendelson is passionate about his care and works with local schools to provide eye care to underprivileged children.
Areas of Interest and Extensive Training: Binocular Vision Disorders
A California native, Dr. Jesley Johnson grew up in San Jose and attended St. Francis High School. She graduated from the University of California San Diego in 2007 with a Bachelors of Science in Human Biology. During her time at UCSD, Dr. Johnson volunteered at the Optometric Vision Development Center where she developed an interest in vision therapy.
Dr. Johnson received her doctorate from the State University of New York, College of Optometry in 2011. From her rotations at the SUNY College of Optometry and the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, she has become well-trained in treatment and management of ocular diseases, such as glaucoma, macular degeneration, and cataracts.
She gained experience providing optometric vision care at the University Eye Clinic in Manhattan, New York with an emphasis in the sub-specialty clinics of pediatrics and vision therapy. She elected to take a vision therapy externship which further engaged her passion in the area, specifically in regards to the pediatric population. Dr. Johnson is a member of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development and continues to attend lectures and seminars to further her knowledge in vision therapy.
Dr. Johnson is certified in corneal refractive therapy and is a member of the American Academy of Orthokeratology. Having witnessed firsthand the benefits of CRT, Jesley is proud to be part of a team known for excellence in this field. Dr. Johnson is also a member of the InfantSee program, Santa Clara County Optometric Society, and California Optometric Association.
Aside from Optometry, Dr. Johnson is an active member of her Indian community. She also enjoys watching sports, specifically football and basketball. She is excited to be back in the Bay Area and looks forward to serving your family’s eye care needs.
Areas of Interest and Extensive training: Dry eye and ocular surface disease, orthokeratology
Dr. Matthew Lee is a licensed doctor of optometry who joined Silicon Valley Eye Physicians in November 2014. He is licensed and certified at the highest level in both California and Hawaii. Dr. Lee earned his B.S. degree in biology from Loyola Marymount University, where he graduated with Beta Beta Beta and Magna Cum Laude honors. He went on to receive his doctorate in optometry at the University of California, Berkeley, graduating with Beta Sigma Kappa honors.
While training at the premier Meredith W. Morgan University Eye Center, Dr. Lee refined his skills in the medical treatment of glaucoma, contact lens fittings, and prescribing eyeglasses for various visual needs. During his training, Dr. Lee also completed rotations at Veteran Affairs hospitals in Honolulu, HI and Reno, NV. He began his optometric career working in Waianae, HI, an underserved community with a high prevalence of ocular disease and manifestations of systemic disease.
He has a special interest in myopia control and enjoys orthokeratology (ortho-k) or corneal refractive therapy (CRT). Dr. Lee is a certified contact lens designer for multiple ortho-k lenses including Wave, a custom-made contact lens that is designed utilizing an advanced CAD/CAM system.
Dr. Lee is excited to be back in the Bay Area and is dedicated to compassionate, high quality vision care. He understands the importance of clear, comfortable vision and provides understandable explanations to patients to ensure the best care for their eyes.
Aside from practicing, Dr. Lee enjoys spending time with his wife, Lauren, the outdoors -hiking, ocean sports- as well as working out at the gym, and finding great places to eat.
Dr. Gelles graduated from the University of Oregon, completing a Bachelor of Science in General Science with emphasis in Biology and Human Physiology with minors in Biology and Business Administration. He achieved an additional Bachelor of Science from Salus University in Optometry, and then earned his Doctorate of Optometry from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry.
As a graduate of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry, Dr. Gelles has a strong background in ocular disease and primary care. Through his education and various clinical rotations through The Eye Institute in Philadelphia, Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Philadelphia, UCLA's Jules Stein Eye Institute, and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia to name a few, he has become uniquely experienced in the areas of medically necessary and specialty contact lenses, irregular corneas and corneal disease specifically keratoconus, pre and postoperative care, binocular vision, and vision therapy.
Dr. Gelles also completed a contact lens rotation here at Silicon Valley Eye Physicians under the mentorship of Dr. Mendelson; as a result Dr. Gelles became extremely passionate about Orthokeratology, also known as corneal refractive therapy, CRT. Dr. Gelles is certified in corneal refractive therapy and is a certified Wave Contact Lens designer, which allows him to create completely customized contact lenses for individual patient needs. He is one of only 3 certified designers in northern California and holds certification for multiple Orthokeratology lens designs. His expertise in Orthokeratology allowed him to achieve the designation of F.I.A.O., Fellow of the International Academy of Orthokeratology. The process evaluates the doctor's experience and expertise through in depth case evaluation and defense as well as intensive testing.
As a fellow Dr. Gelles holds himself to the highest standards in orthokeratology and is one of only a few doctors to obtain this title worldwide. He works extensively with all varieties of contact lenses, from soft lenses, custom and specialty soft lenses, rigid gas permeable lenses, multifocal lenses, hybrid lenses, and in particular scleral and medically necessary contact lenses for keratoconus, severe dry eye, irregular and post surgical corneal conditions. He is currently working to achieve fellowship status with the Scleral Lens Society.
He is a member of the Scleral Lens Society and the Orthokeratology Academy of America. He continues to attend lectures and seminars to further his knowledge in contact lenses and to bring the best advances in contact lens technology to SVEP to better care for your needs. Dr. Gelles is excited to be part of SVEP He will apply his skills, enthusiasm, and exceptional bedside manner to provide excellent care to you and your family.
Jackson Lau, OD, FSLS
Dr. Jackson Lau obtained his Doctor of Optometry and Bachelors degree in Molecular and Cell Biology from the University of California, Berkeley. His internships were completed at the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Puget Sound, Marin Community Health Clinic, and Alameda County Medical Center. Dr. Lau then completed a post-graduate residency in Cornea and Contact lenses at the Illinois Eye Institute where he served as clinical faculty, conducted research on dry eyes and scleral contact lenses, and lectured on topics of corneal disease, myopia control and specialty contact lenses. He has extensive experience working with leading corneal specialists at the Illinois Eye Institute and the University of Chicago Department of Ophthalmology. Dr. Lau has earned distinction as a Fellow of the Scleral Lens Education Society (FSLS), having managed hundreds of patients with keratoconus, corneal transplants, and severe dry eyes. He is currently pursuing his Fellowship of the American Academy of Optometry and is a member of the American Academy of Orthokeratology and Myopia Control. Dr. Lau is excited to join SVEP as he seeks to dedicate his practice to corneal disease and advanced myopia control techniques using computer-generated orthokeratology lenses, custom soft multifocal lenses, and atropine treatment. Outside of practice, Dr. Lau enjoys hiking, camping, basketball, snowboarding, and cooking.