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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

Visual impairment, blindness cases in U.S. expected to double by 2050

With the youngest of the baby boomers hitting 65 by 2029, the number of people with visual impairment or blindness in the United States is expected to double to more than 8 million by 2050, according to projections based on the most recent census data and from studies funded by the National Eye Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health. Another 16.4 million Americans are expected to have difficulty seeing due to correctable refractive errors such as myopia (nearsightedness) or hyperopia (farsightedness) that can be fixed with glasses, contacts or surgery.

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05/18/16 12:07 pm

Age-related macular degeneration before and after the era of anti-VEGF drugs

In a study of nearly 650 people with the eye disease age-related macular degeneration (AMD), half still had vision 20/40 or better, typically good enough to drive or to read standard print, after five years of treatment with anti-VEGF drugs that are injected into the eye. The authors of the study, funded by the National Eye Institute (NEI) at the National Institutes of Health, say those outcomes would have been unimaginable about 10 years ago, prior to the drugs’ availability.

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05/02/16 7:10 am

May is Healthy Vision Month

David Watson has worn glasses to correct nearsightedness the majority of his life, and had his vision checked regularly to make sure his prescription was up to date. But when his wife convinced him to have a comprehensive dilated eye exam, he got a surprise. His doctor told him something didn’t look right with his retina, the light sensitive tissue at the back of his eye. His retina was torn, and he had not had any symptoms.

05/02/16 6:41 am

NEI Remembers Robert “Bob” Nussenblatt (1948-2016)

Robert Nussenblatt, M.D., chief of the Laboratory of Immunology at the National Eye Institute (NEI), died on April 17 at age 67. Dr Nussenblatt began working at NEI, part of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, in 1977, and proved himself to be a tireless scientist, research leader, mentor, clinician, and patient advocate.

04/19/16 2:26 pm

Fish and Insects Guide Design for Future Contact Lenses

Making the most of the low light in the muddy rivers where it swims, the elephant nose fish survives by being able to spot predators amongst the muck with a uniquely shaped retina, the part of the eye that captures light. In a new study, researchers looked to the fish’s retinal structure to inform the design of a contact lens that can adjust its focus.

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03/14/16 8:26 am