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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.

News from NEI

NEI sets stage for new clinical trial to tackle dry eye

For some people it feels like a speck of sand in the eye, or stinging or burning that doesn’t go away. For others, dry eye disease (or simply dry eye) can become a chronic condition that leads to blurred vision or even vision loss if it goes untreated.

09/29/14 10:41 am

New Treatment for Eye Disease Reduces Need for Strong Drugs

Researchers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have discovered a substance that allows people with uveitis, a potentially blinding eye disease, to stop or reduce the need for powerful drugs. A paper detailing these findings is published in the May 1997 issue of the American Journal of Ophthalmology.


08/29/14 6:33 am

Oral Corticosteroids Alone Found Ineffective for Optic Neuritis

Although commonly used, oral corticosteroids alone are ineffective in treating optic neuritis, a debilitating inflammation of the optic nerve, and actually increase a person’s risk for future attacks, according to a large National Eye Institute-supported clinical trial published today in the New England Journal of Medicine.


08/29/14 6:33 am

Corticosteroids for First-Time Optic Neuritis Lowers Risk of Developing Multiple Sclerosis

Over half of all people with first-time optic neuritis, a vision-impairing inflammation of the optic nerve, will eventuallydevelop multiple sclerosis (MS).

But researchers report today in the New England Journal of Medicine that treating first-time optic neuritis patients with a combination of intravenous and oral corticosteroids lowers their risk of developing MS within the next two years.


08/29/14 6:33 am

Freeze Treatment Reduces Blindness in Premature Infants

Briefly freezing a portion of the eye’s surface can protect many premature infants against blindness from retinopathy of prematurity (ROP), a disease that causes visual loss in 2,600 infantsin the United States annually. In a National Eye Institute-supportedmulticenter clinical trial, cryotherapy (freeze treatment) reduced therisk of severe visual loss by one-half in 172 babies with advancedROP.


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