The Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science
Department of Ophthalmology
The Department of Ophthalmology

Faculty Biography

 


Thomas C. Prager, Ph.D., MPH

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Clinical and Research Interests:

  1. I am interested in non-invasive clinical testing including electrophysiology and ultrasonography. Current electrophysiology projects include the evaluation of nutritional supplementation (fish oil) on the development of the visual pathway in neonates. This is a collaborative study with Baylor Medical School. Currently we are assessing several anti-cancer drugs for retinal toxicity. We have produced and have available a CD-ROM on the Basics of Ultrasonography. If you do not see a lot of pathology it can be difficult to acquire the necessary skill to complete an ultrasonographic examination. The CD shows brief movie clips of pathologies so the viewer can appreciate subtle differences in movement, for example, of a retinal detachment versus a posterior vitreous detachment. Twelve common entities are described with text, audio and video segments. The text portions can be printed and used as a Cliff Notes when taken into the examining room. In 1995 I completed a Masters in Public Health. My current research centers around quality of care assessment in ophthalmology. I feel as if patients should have a standardized input into surgical and treatment decisions. Link to my web page - Quality Outcome Services of Texas and try a short lifestyle test to assessment your need for cataract surgery. The Houston Vision Assessment Test (HVAT) produces visual and other physical impairment scores. Quality of Care Assessment as it pertains to ophthalmology is discussed at this web site.

Publications (selected):

  1. C. Jensen, TC. Prager, JK Fraley, RE Anderson, WC. Heird Functional Effects of Dietary Linoleic-Linolenic Acid Ratio in Term Infants. Submitted to the Journal of Pediatrics
  2. Prager TC, Ruiz RS, Slater CH, Tang RA, Garcia CA. Commentary: Overview of Quality of Care Assessment in Ophthalmology. Submitted to the American Journal of Ophthalmology.
  3. Prager TC, Chuang AZ, Slater CH, Glasser JH, Ruiz RS and The Cataract Outcome Study Group Health Related Quality of Life Assessment In Cataract Populations - The Houston Vision Assessment Test (HVAT). Submitted to the American Journal of Ophthalmology.
  4. Prager TC, Chuang AZ, Slater CH, Glasser JH, Ruiz RS and The Cataract Outcome Study Group The Houston Vision Assessment Test (HVAT); Assessment of Reliability and Validity. Submitted to the American Journal of Ophthalmology.
  5. Mietz H, Prager TC, Schweitzer FC, Patrinely J,Valenzuela J, and Font RL Effect of Mitomycin C on the Optic Nerve in Rabbits. Submitted to Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science
  6. Wood MG, Mazow ML, Prager TC The objective refractor as a substitute for retinoscopy in children over age 3: A new standard of care? American Journal of Ophthalmology.
  7. Lee A, Beaver H, Prager TC A practice pathway for the initial diagnostic evaluation of fourth cranial nerve palsies. Submitted to Medical Care.

 

Faculty Biography

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  • Thomas C. Prager, Ph.D., MPH
    Clinical Associate Professor
  • Department of Ophthalmology
  • University of Texas-Houston Medical School
    6431 Fannin Street, MSB-7.230
    Houston, Texas 77030
  • phone: (713) 500-5997
    e-mail: Thomas.C.Prager@uth.tmc.edu
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