Kevin E. Houston, O.D., M.Sc.

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Vision Rehabilitation Service



Main Campus
243 Charles Street
Boston, MA 02114
Phone: 617-573-4177



Dr. Kevin E. Houston is on staff at Mass. Eye and Ear in the Vision Rehabilitation Service and is the director of the Vision Rehabilitation Service at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston and Cape Cod. He examines patients with vision loss due to eye disease or neurological injury and provides special visual aids, prism glasses, and therapies to allow the highest possible level of visual function.

Dr. Houston received his Doctor of Optometry degree from Indiana University, and has previously held faculty and staff appointments at Indiana University School of Optometry, Indiana University School of Medicine department of Ophthalmology, and the Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana.

His current research aims to restore the normal perception of an expanded visual field for people with hemianopia, a type of vision loss resulting from stroke and brain injury. He is also developing and testing devices for eye lid paralysis and smartphone apps to measure and monitor strabismus and other binocular vision disorders common after brain injury.

For Dr. Houston's smartphone apps, see

Clinical Interests

Brain Injury vision rehabilitation (stroke, concussion, tumor), low vision rehabilitation, binocular vision and acquired strabismus

Research Interests

Virtual reality assessment of visual aids; research and development of optical and digital visual aids for visual loss; driving and vision; development of visual therapies for brain-injured individuals; non-surgical devices for disorders of eye-opening and closing


For a full publications list, please see his CV

A pilot study of perceptual-motor training for peripheral prisms. Houston KE, Bowers AR, Fu X, Liu R, Goldstein RB, Churchill J, Wiegand JP, Soo T, Tang Q, Peli E. Transl Vis Sci Technol. 2016 Feb 22;5(1):9.

Asymmetry in the collision judgments of people with homonymous field defects and left hemispatial neglect. Houston KE, Woods RL, Goldstein RB, Peli E, Luo G, Bowers AR. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2015 Jun;56(6):4135-42.

A prototype external magnetic eyelid device for blepharoptosis. Houston KE, Tomasi M, Yoon M, Paschalis E. Tran Vis Sci Tech. 2014;3(6):9.

Visual ability of patients seeking outpatient low vision services in the United States. Goldstein JE, Chun MW, Fletcher DC, Deremeik JT, Massof RW; Low Vision Research Network Study Group. JAMA Ophthalmol. 2014 Oct;132(10):1169-77. .

Vision care of the brain-injured patient. Houston K. Review of Optometry. 2013;150(3). [Continuing education lesson]

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  • Zoology/Pre-optometry, Eastern Illinois University, BS
  • Indiana University School of Optometry, O.D. (Doctor of Optometry)
  • Visual Science, New England College of Optometry, M.S.