Practicing in the suburban DC offices of Washington Eye Physicians & Surgeons, Howard S. Weiss, MD, specializes in eye surgery and laser treatment. Howard S. Weiss, MD, has improved the vision of many patients through bladeless femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery.

Bladeless femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery allows an ophthalmologist to customize each procedure based on the anatomy of the patient’s eye. Because this surgery is performed with a laser, the many steps previously done by hand are eliminated. The procedure is completed in minutes, with an extraordinary level of precision.

The LenSx femtosecond laser system used during the surgery provides a real-time video image of the eye, enabling Dr. Weiss to make an exact bladeless incision according to the dimensions of the patient’s eye. This accurate technology also fragments the cataract to facilitate removal and allows for precise centration of the new intraocular lens.

On the day of the surgery, the patient receives a mild sedative to help him or her to relax. Medical personnel then cleanse and drape the eye area. After the procedure, the patient is fitted with a clear eye shield that allows immediate vision. Most patients return to their normal activities within one or two days. Follow-up medical visits typically are scheduled for the first and third weeks after the procedure.