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Welcome to Retina Specialists Northwest

Dedicated to delivering compassionate excellence in retinal and inflammatory eye disease always.

Retina Specialists Northwest, PLLC is an ophthalmic subspecialty practice focused on Retina and Uveitis. The practice philosophy is summarized in the company motto: Compassionate Excellence Always.

Board certified eye physician and surgeon, Dr. Brenda Myers-Powell

Dr. Myers-Powell and her staff are committed to delivering the best in personalized retinal care efficiently and effectively. Our pledge is to understand you as a whole and to provide the best available medical and surgical treatment tailored to your needs. We are centrally located between Seattle and Tacoma, at West Campus in Federal Way, strategically positioned to deliver quality care to residents within and outside the metropolitan areas. Our office is easily accessible from I-5, Hwy-18, Hwy-167, and Hwy-99. For your convenience, we are open most Saturdays.

We utilize the latest technology as well as clinical expertise to diagnose and manage all retinal and inflammatory disorders with particular attention to Retinal Tear and Detachment, Disorders of the Vitreous, Macular Holes, Diabetic Retinopathy, Age-related Macular Degeneration, Retinal Vascular Disease, Macular Edema, Scleritis, and vision-threatening Uveitis.

Ultra-Widefield Multifocal Electroretinography and Visual Evoked Potentials

Retina Specialists Northwest is proud to announce the implementation of Diagnosys Ultra-Widefield Multifocal Electroretinography (mfERG) and Visual Evoked Potentials (VEP) as part of our service. This diagnostic tool can significantly benefit those with retinal and optic nerve disease.

Retina Specialists Northwest has invested in elevating the level of care in the Puget Sound area by providing a valuable service that had previously been unavailable in our community.

The mfERG can objectively assess cone dysfunction and macular disease facilitating diagnosis and assessment of progression of macular disorders such as Retinal Dystrophy, ARMD, Diabetic Retinopathy and Drug Toxicity. The AAO has listed mfERG as a critical test modality for screening for Plaquenil Toxicity.

VEP can assess optic nerve function, improving the diagnosis and management of Optic Neuritis and Optic Neuropathy. This is particularly useful in Multiple Sclerosis.

Our Federal Way office will provide this service at your patients' convenience.

Call (253) 517-3334 to schedule an appointment.

News from NEI

Uncorrected Farsightedness Linked to Literacy Deficits in Preschoolers

A study funded by the National Eye Institute (NEI), part of the National Institutes of Health, has shown that uncorrected farsightedness (hyperopia) in preschool children is associated with significantly worse performance on a test of early literacy.

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01/26/16 7:59 am

Researchers Discover Three Glaucoma-Related Genes

An analysis funded by the National Eye Institute (NEI), part of the National Institutes of Health, has identified three genes that contribute to the most common type of glaucoma. The study increases the total number of such genes to 15.

“Just in time for Glaucoma Awareness Month, this unprecedented analysis provides the most comprehensive genetic profile of glaucoma to date,” said NEI Director Paul A. Sieving, M.D., Ph.D. “These findings open avenues for the pursuit of new strategies to screen for, prevent, and treat glaucoma.”

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01/11/16 6:04 am

Retinal Cells Work with Little Reserve Energy; May Explain Vulnerability to Eye Diseases

Our eyes are especially demanding when it comes to energy: Along with our brain, they require a substantial amount of power to keep them functioning and healthy. Now a new study by the National Eye Institute suggests that because of their high-energy demands, our eyes function at high efficiency and with little reserve capacity, which scientists say may explain why they become vulnerable to degenerative diseases.

01/08/16 10:13 am

Glaucoma Awareness Can Help Save Vision for Millions

With Glaucoma Awareness Month in January, it’s a good time to think about scheduling a comprehensive dilated eye exam, especially if you’re at risk for glaucoma.

“It’s one of those things in life, like changing oil in your car, you just need to do it,” said John Schmelzer, a retired engineer in Durham, North Carolina. Schmelzer was diagnosed with glaucoma in the summer of 2013 during a routine eye exam.

Glaucoma is a major cause of vision loss in the U.S. While it currently affects about 3 million Americans, estimates show 6.3 million could have glaucoma by 2050.

12/22/15 8:55 am

Space Lab Technology May Help Researchers Detect Early Signs of Cataract

As we age, proteins in the lenses of our eyes start misbehaving: They unfold and congregate in clusters that block, scatter and distort light as it passes through the lens. A cloudy area, or cataract, forms. In a new study, scientists found that throughout our lifetime, levels of a key protein decline, and may be an early warning sign of a developing cataract.

12/22/15 6:25 am