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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

Circuit in the Eye Relies on Built-In Delay to See Small Moving Objects

When we move our head, the whole visual world moves across our eyes. Yet we can still make out a bee buzzing by or a hawk flying overhead, thanks to unique cells in the eye called object motion sensors. A new study on mice helps explain how these cells do their job, and may bring scientists closer to understanding how complex circuits are formed throughout the nervous system. The study was funded by the National Institutes of Health, and was published online in Nature.

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08/31/15 6:14 am

NIH Study Shows no Benefit of Omega-3 or Other Nutritional Supplements for Cognitive Decline

While some research suggests that a diet high in omega-3 fatty acids can protect brain health, a large clinical trial by researchers at the National Institutes of Health found that omega-3 supplements did not slow cognitive decline in older persons. With 4,000 patients followed over a five-year period, the study is one of the largest and longest of its kind. It was published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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08/24/15 8:43 am

In Uveitis, Bacteria in Gut May Instruct Immune Cells to Attack the Eye

The inflammatory eye disorder autoimmune uveitis occurs when a person’s immune system goes awry, attacking proteins in the eye. What spurs this response is a mystery, but now a study on mice suggests that bacteria in the gut may provide a kind of training ground for immune cells to attack the eye. The study was conducted by researchers at the National Eye Institute (NEI), part of the National Institutes of Health.

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08/18/15 6:58 am

Dr. Patricia Cabrera: Learning Genetics and Linking NEI to the Philippines

A delegation from the University of the Philippines (UP) and the Philippine National Institutes of Health recently visited NEI on May 21, 2015. It was an opportunity to renew old collaborations and discuss new ones—among them, genetic research projects planned by Dr. Patricia Cabrera, a visiting fellow at NEI.

08/13/15 7:38 am

With LCA Gene Therapy, a Rare Glimpse of the Adult Brain Adapting to New Experience

When people lose the ability to see, how do the visual parts of the brain change in response? And if they regain their sight, are the changes reversed? Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania took a rare opportunity to address these questions by looking at how the brains of people with a genetic, blinding eye disease—Leber’s congenital amaurosis (LCA)—responded to an experimental gene therapy.

08/04/15 7:11 am