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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

In Blinding Eye Disease, Trash-Collecting Cells go Awry, Accelerate Damage

Spider-like cells inside the brain, spinal cord and eye hunt for invaders, capturing and then devouring them. These cells, called microglia, often play a beneficial role by helping to clear trash and protect the central nervous system against infection. But a new study by researchers at the National Eye Institute (NEI) shows that they also accelerate damage wrought by blinding eye disorders, such as retinitis pigmentosa. NEI is part of the National Institutes of Health.

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06/30/15 7:39 am

Study Finds Potential New Drug Target for Diabetic Eye Disease

Researchers funded in part by the National Eye Institute (NEI) have identified a protein involved in an advanced stage of diabetic retinopathy, a diabetic eye disease that threatens vision. The discovery may help explain why current treatments don’t help all patients and suggests a novel approach for research into therapies.

06/23/15 12:18 pm

Study of Ebola Survivors Opens in Liberia

The Liberia-U.S. clinical research partnership known as PREVAIL has launched a study of people in Liberia who have survived Ebola virus disease (EVD) within the past two years. The study investigators hope to better understand the long-term health consequences of EVD, determine if survivors develop immunity that will protect them from future Ebola infection, and assess whether previously EVD-infected individuals can transmit infection to close contacts and sexual partners.

06/17/15 7:37 am

The Brain’s Autofocus System Helps Stabilize Vision Despite Motion

Much like the automatic focus of a camera, our eyes and brains must constantly recalibrate so that we can get a clear view of the changing—and always moving—world around us. Recently, two studies funded by the National Eye Institute (NEI) show how the circuitry for this eye-brain coordination is assembled during early embryonic development.

05/27/15 10:48 am

Two NEI Grantees Awarded Helen Keller Prize

Two researchers funded by the National Eye Institute (NEI), both pioneers in the study of low vision, received the Helen Keller Prize for Vision Research on May 5, in Denver. The Helen Keller Foundation for Research and Education, and BrightFocus Foundation, presented the award to Gordon E.

05/13/15 5:46 am