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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

HIV drugs show promise for “dry” AMD

A class of medications long used to curb HIV infection shows promise as a therapy for age-related macular degeneration (AMD), suggest findings from an NIH-funded study. These mainstay HIV drugs, called nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NRTIs), may eventually be repurposed to treat a host of other inflammatory disorders, too.

12/22/14 7:44 am

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

Health Education Leads to More Eye Exams in Group at Risk for Vision Loss

Researchers at Teachers College, Columbia University and Albert Einstein College of Medicine have determined that health education programs can substantially increase the rates of dilated eye exams for African Americans with diabetes, the first step in reducing the risk of vision loss. The results were published in the December 1999 issue of the American Journal of Public Health.


08/29/14 6:33 am

National Eye Institute's Wistow Receives Cogan Award

Graeme Wistow, Ph.D., a researcher at the National Eye Institute (NEI), one of the Federal government’s National Institutes of Health, has been selected by the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) to receive its prestigious Cogan Award for outstanding contributions to visual science.


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.


08/29/14 6:33 am