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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

Gene profiling technique to accelerate stem cell therapies for eye diseases

Researchers at the National Institutes of Health have developed a technique that will speed up the production of stem-cell derived tissues. The method simultaneously measures the expression of multiple genes, allowing scientists to quickly characterize cells according to their function and stage of development. The technique will help the researchers in their efforts to use patients' skin cells to regenerate retinal pigment epithelium (RPE)—a tissue in the back of the eye that is affected in several blinding eye diseases. It will also help the scientists search for drugs for personalized treatments.

07/16/14 8:00 am

Rehabilitation helps prevent depression from age-related vision loss

Depression is a common risk for people who have lost their vision from age-related macular degeneration (AMD), but a new study shows that a type of rehabilitation therapy can cut this risk in half. The study was funded by the National Eye Institute (NEI), part of the National Institutes of Health.

07/09/14 8:00 am

NIH study reveals gene critical to the early development of cilia

Researchers at the National Eye Institute (NEI) have described the functions of a gene responsible for anchoring cilia - sensory hair-like extensions present on almost every cell of the body. They show in a mouse model that without the gene Cc2d2a, cilia throughout the body failed to grow, and the mice died during the embryonic stage. The finding adds to an expanding body of knowledge about ciliopathies, a class of genetic disorders that result from defects in the structure or function of cilia. NEI is part of the National Institutes of Health.

07/03/14 12:00 am

NEI Welcomes New Council Members

The National Eye Institute recently appointed two new members to its National Advisory Eye Council.

06/30/14 10:00 am

Soothing cells, peaceful protein could hold promise for treating autoimmune uveitis

Researchers at the National Eye Institute (NEI) have found a unique cell type that, in tests on mice, can protect against uveitis—a group of inflammatory diseases that affect the eye and can cause vision loss.

06/30/14 2:00 am