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


Dr. Houston specializes 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. His current research aims to provide a normal perception of an artificially expanded visual field for people with hemianopia, a type of vision loss resulting from stroke and brain injury. (Learn about his smartphone apps.) Over the past several years, his research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Defense, and the Minnie Flaura Turner 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 (prisms and therapy), and treatment for hemianopia and/or hemispatial neglect with field expanding p-prisms.


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)


Current Projects

  • Peripheral prisms to improve visual function, as measured by performance on a computerized directional target detection task
  • Virtual reality shopping and driving environment in patients with hemianopia and visual neglect
  • Effectiveness of rehabilitation services for low vision
  • The Low Vision Rehabilitation Outcome Study (LVROS): Prescribing patterns of low vision practitioners of bioptic telescope systems for driving
  • Rehabilitation of hemispatial neglect
  • Pilot study on the effectiveness of prism adaptation therapy for acute neglect
  • Research and development of devices to facilitate diagnosis of disorders of egocentric localization

Other Research Interests

  • Virtual reality applications for vision rehabilitation
  • Research and development of optical and digital visual aids for visual loss
  • Driving and vision
  • Functional assessment and treatment of acquired strabismus (double vision) in patients with and without visual field loss.
  • Development of visual therapies for individuals with brain injuries


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. Goldstein JE, Chun MW, Fletcher DC, Deremeik JT, Massof RW; Low Vision Research Network Study Group. Visual ability of patients seeking outpatient low vision services in the United States.JAMA Ophthalmol. 2014 Oct;132(10):1169-77. .
  5. Houston K. Vision care of the brain-injured patient. Review of Optometry. 2013;150(3). [Continuing education lesson]