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Associate Professor of Neurology and Ophthalmology, UMass Chan Medical School

Kevin Houston, OD, M.Sc. is a Doctor of Optometry with specialized training in low vision and neurological rehabilitation, focusing on restoration and rehabilitation in neurological diseases. His research focuses on restoring movement and repairing ocular structures paralyzed by stroke and other neuro-pathologies. Dr. Houston's ocular rehabilitation research has pioneered using rare-earth static magnetic materials including neodymium in prosthetic devices. Focusing on the need to develop solutions for visual impairments, Houston's Lab has combined innovative engineering and visual therapeutic technologies to diagnose and investigate the benefits of virtual reality-based oculomotor rehabilitation, perceptual motor training, spatial neglect, magnetic actuators for restoring ocular movements, magnetic prosthesis for VI nerve palsy, and improving low vision.

Houston, OD, collaborates with the U.S. National Institutes of Health, Department of Defense, Veterans Administration, and other non-profit foundations to develop new prosthetic and assistive devices and create restorative movement therapies to promote visual system recovery through continuous funding. As a clinical research specialist, patients can participate in vision rehabilitation exercises including vergence and oculomotor therapy, and prism adaptation therapy, while trialing new optic and prism glasses developed from Dr. Houston’s Vision Rehabilitation Laboratory. The goal of vision rehabilitation therapy is to develop solutions for visual impairments caused by neurological diseases.


  • –present
    Associate Professor of Neurology and Ophthalmology, UMass Chan Medical School