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

Harvard Medical School

Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology

Schepens Eye Research Institute of Massachusetts Eye and Ear

Assistant Scientist

Research Summary

Center/Research Area Affiliations

Biography

Dr. Houston is a Doctor of Optometry and Clinical Research Scientist specializing in vision rehabilitation. He examines patients with vision loss due to eye disease or neurological injury and provides special visual aids and therapies to allow the highest possible level of function.  Research areas of expertise include rehabilitation of homonymous hemianopia, hemispatial neglect, oculomotor cranial nerve palsies, and paralytic eye lid disorders.  Over the past several years, his research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Defense, the Minnie Flaura Turner Foundation, Massachusetts Lions Eye Research Fund, Research to Prevent Blindness, and Reader’s Digest Foundation. 

Dr. Houston is also the Director of the vision clinics for Spaulding Rehabilitation Network. One of his career goals is to address the unmet need for eye and vision rehabilitation care at inpatient rehabilitation facilities as a care provider and educator. The inpatient vision service he provides at Spaulding includes diagnosing vision impairments, providing staff and patient education, making suggestions for compensatory strategies, providing treatment for double vision, and treatment for hemianopia and/or hemispatial neglect with field expanding p-prisms.

For more information, download his CV [PDF].

Education

B.S., Zoology/Chemistry, Eastern Illinois University (1998)
O.D., Indiana University School of Optometry/Doctor of Optometry (2003)
Harvard School of Public Health, Program in Clinical Effectiveness (2011)
M.Sc. Visual Science, New England College of Optometry (2014)


Projects

Current Projects

  • Treatment of Blepharoptosis with Magnetic Force: The Boston Blink-netic Project
  • EyeTurn - A smartphone app for the objective measurement of strabismus
  • Supervision Search – a smartphone app for the visually impaired
  • Chromatic visual pathway dysfunction as a possible mechanism for accommodative-convergence dysfunction in traumatic brain injury
  • Split prisms for the treatment of collision judgment errors in hemispatial neglect
  • Rehabilitation of hemispatial neglect using content guide therapy

Other Research Interests

  • Virtual reality for vision rehabilitation research
  • Research and development of optical and digital visual aids for visual loss
  • Driving and vision
  • Strabismus in patients with visual field loss

Publications

Selected Publications

Below is a list of selected publications. View Dr. Houston's publications on PubMed.

  1. Houston KE, Bowers AR, Fu X, Liu R, Goldstein RB, Churchill J, Wiegand JP, Soo T, Tang Q, Peli E. A pilot study of perceptual-motor training for peripheral prisms. Transl Vis Sci Technol. 2016 Feb 22;5(1):9.
  2. Houston KE, Woods RL, Goldstein RB, Peli E, Luo G, Bowers AR. Asymmetry in the collision judgments of people with homonymous field defects and left hemispatial neglect.Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2015 Jun;56(6):4135-42.
  3. Houston KE, Tomasi M, Yoon M, Paschalis E. A prototype external magnetic eyelid device for blepharoptosis. Tran Vis Sci Tech. 2014;3(6):9.
  4. Houston KE, Tomasi M, Armaral C, Finch N, Yoon MK, Paschalis EI.  The Magnetic Levator Prosthesis for Temporary Management of Severe Blepharoptosis: Initial Safety and Efficacy. Transl Vis Sci Technol, 2018. 7(1): p. 7.
  5. Houston KE, Peli E., Goldstein R, Bowers AR.  Driving With Hemianopia VI: Peripheral Prisms and Perceptual-Motor Training Improve Detection in a Driving Simulator. Transl Vis Sci Technol, 2018. 7(1).