As you might already know, Dr. Weiss has a charity dedicated to ending curable blindness called One World Sight Project. On a trip to an IAPB meeting (International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness) in Buenos Aires, we happened upon an artist by the name of Esref Armagan. Despite being blind all his life, Armagan’s ability to draw structures and objects he has never seen is amazing. But don’t take our word for it – check it out yourself! If you’d like to learn more about curing blindness in the developing world, visit www.endblindness.org for more details!
Welcome to my blog! My goal here is to get more personal – and simply share stuff with my friends, family, and patients! You can expect some posts on the latest advances in cosmetic surgery (although it seems like there’ll be a fair amount of music-related posts – they’re too much fun to make!) I also expect that we’ll have more contests and free stuff, special events and even very special guests!
Dr. Weiss visits a one-man saw mill hidden in Oregon
October 27, 2016
One of the things the Pacific Northwest is known for is logging and timber. On a recent trip to Oregon, Dr. Weiss discovered a tiny one-man saw mill hidden away in one of the smaller towns. Enjoy this up close and personal look at how a one-man mill can churn through over 1000 feet/hour! And listen for the infrequently performed Grateful Dead song at the end!
Telemedicine and Eye Care – Buenos Aires Blog #4
September 1, 2016
We’re back with more Buenos Aires Blogs! This time we feature Dr. Ravin as he discusses telemedicine and how it can help those who don’t have the money or methods to get to a hospital.
John Barrows of the International Eye Foundation, The Amazing Artwork of Jorge Iglesias
September 1, 2016
Buenos Aires Video Blog #5 is here! This episode features an interview with John Barrows of the International Eye Foundation and Jorge Iglesias, an artist whose work plays tricks on the eye! You can read more about Julio Iglesias at his website or his YouTube Channel!
I’m a Yankee Doodle Dandy!
July 3, 2016
Happy Birthday, America! From our family to yours, we wish you all a fantastic holiday filled with food, fun and fireworks! And to kick off your holiday weekend, we thought we’d give you a little song and dance. Enjoy your holiday weekend while we wait anxiously for the recording contract offers to come rolling in 😉 Happy Independence Day From Weiss Cosmetic
Happy Mother’s Day to all the fantastic Moms (and moms-to-be!) that make up our family of patients! With the help of multi-track recording and auto harmony, Dr. Weiss has put together a little video to convey a special thank you to our Moms. For best sound quality, listen to this video using headphones.
Springsteen at the LA Sports Arena 2016 – (Rosalita)
March 24, 2016
Continuing our musical trend, Dr. Weiss attended the Springsteen concert last weekend and was super excited to tell you all about it. Of course, still images and text were not going to do The Boss justice. So he stitched together this awesome video summary of Springsteen’s final concert at the LA Sports Arena (the venue is scheduled to be closed and demolished later this year). We’ve got jumping crowds, classic songs clips, Dr. Weiss at 19 years old, and a surprise duet! But we can’t say anymore – you’ve got to watch and see!
Nobody Knows You – Dr. Weiss plays at patient party!
October 10, 2015
Sometimes we just like to say thank you to our awesome family of patients and friends, hang out, and have a little fun. And that’s exactly what we did this summer! We couldn’t invite everyone (at least not until the SuperDome rent drops a little), but some lucky folks got to eat, drink and be merry with a little accompaniment by the fabulous live music of Nutty Jazz. Hope to see YOU at our next get-together! You can find more about Nutty Jazz and their music here: http://nuttyjazz.com/
Mandela, Eye Surgery, and the Miracle Baby
December 17, 2013
Maybe it is just me, but the last person I expected to be thoroughly engaging, much less funny, was an ophthalmic plastic and reconstructive surgeon. I can barely spell what Richard Weiss does and, truly, have no real idea of what that actually is. I was expecting an older, graying, monotone-in-speech guy, one who would barely tolerate my interrupting his schedule before tossing me squarely out. But there I was the other day in Weiss’ Newport Beach office that overlooks Fashion Island, trying to keep up as the good doctor raced from room to room, playing a jazz tune on the keyboard he keeps in a back office before he excitedly invited me into a different room to peer into the recently sutured eyes of a patient he had just operated on. I went there for one specific reason, invited by members of his staff, but that didn’t seem to matter to Weiss, who at one moment was regaling me with the saga of the Miracle Baby, and the next was telling of “One Spirit,” the song he wrote that Stevie Wonder loved and helped him clean up. It is only after I notice and comment on the photograph of […]
A Legend Dies – Personal Thoughts on Stopping Mandela’s Tears
December 9, 2013
Mandela’s death at age 95, though not unexpected, affected me more than I thought it would – it seems that the world is somehow diminished without his unique spirit. In 1988, I was summoned to South Africa to perform an eyelid operation on President Mandela to cure his tearing. What I’d like to share is this personal encounter with Madiba and how that affected me. Naturally, I had wanted to share the small story of my time with South Africa’s legendary patriarch, but the political climate at the time forbade this. I summarized my experiences in a short essay and kept it tucked away. Now as we celebrate Mandela’s life and times, I’d like to humbly share my experience. Stopping Mandela’s Tears by Richard Weiss How, you may ask, did I end up washing my hands in President Nelson Mandela’s bathroom in “Groote Schuur,” the opulent mansion built by DeBeers founder Cecil Rhodes and now used as the official residence of South African presidents? I wish I could say it was the reward for my efforts to free Mandela from prison at Robben Island, but the truth is he was not the main focus of my college-era activism. I barely […]