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Thomas Prager, PhD

Adjunct Professor of Ophthalmology, Institute for Academic Medicine
Full Member, Research Institute
Houston Methodist
Weill Cornell Medical College


Biography

Dr. Prager holds a doctorate from Tulane University and a master’s of public health from the University of Texas School of Public Health. Prior to joining the Methodist Hospital, Dr. Prager was a clinical professor in the department of ophthalmology at the University of Texas Medical Branch.

Dr. Prager currently works in the department of ophthalmology at Houston Methodist Hospital, providing non-invasive diagnostic testing to ophthalmology patients. He has a long standing interest in research and has an extensive publication record, including eight book chapters.

Description of Research

Dr. Prager’s research focus is the non-invasive evaluation of the visual system through ultrasonograpy and electrophysiology. He holds a patent for an immersion biometry shell for accurate ocular measurements prior to cataract surgery, a device that has become a standard of care and is used in 39 countries. Dr. Prager’s most recent invention, the Clear Scan Cover, was created to simplify examinations of the anterior segment of the eye, and to facilitate the clinical use of ultrasonography.

Areas Of Expertise

Ultrasonography Electrophysiology Functional outcomes
Education & Training

, Department of Ophthalmology, University of Texas Medical School, Houston, TX
, The University of Texas School of Public Health
, Tulane University
Publications

Diagnostic Ophthalmic Ultrasound for Radiologists
Kendall, CJ, Prager, TC, Cheng, H, Gombos, D, Tang, RA & Schiffman, JS 2015, Neuroimaging Clinics of North America, vol 25, no. 3, pp. 327-365. DOI:

Microbial contamination of ultrasound biomicroscopy probes: Evaluation of cross-infection risk
Bell, NP, Anand, A, Wanger, A & Prager, TC 2012, Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, vol 38, no. 1, pp. 174-175. DOI:

Effects of early maternal docosahexaenoic acid intake on neuropsychological status and visual acuity at five years of age of breast-fed term infants
Jensen, CL, Voigt, RG, Llorente, AM, Peters, SU, Prager, TC, Zou, YL, Rozelle, JC, Turcich, MR, Fraley, JK, Anderson, RE & Heird, WC 2010, Journal of Pediatrics, vol 157, no. 6, pp. 900-905. DOI:

A comparison of two-way text versus conventional paging systems in an academic ophthalmology department
Ighani, F, Kapoor, KG, Gibran, SK, Davis, GH, Prager, TC, Chuang, AZ & Godley, B 2010, Journal of Medical Systems, vol 34, no. 4, pp. 677-684. DOI:

Reply
Mintz-Hittner, HA & Prager, TC 2009, Retina, vol 29, no. 4, pp. 565-568. DOI:

New technology for examining the anterior segment by ultrasonic biomicroscopy
Bell, NP, Feldman, RM, Zou, Y & Prager, TC 2008, Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, vol 34, no. 1, pp. 121-125. DOI:

Ultrasound biomicroscopy for estimation of tumor thickness for conjunctival melanoma
Ho, VH, Prager, TC, Diwan, H, Prieto, V & Esmaeli, B 2007, Journal of Clinical Ultrasound, vol 35, no. 9, pp. 533-537. DOI:

Empirical advanced orthokeratology through corneal topography: The University of Houston clinical study
El Hage, S, Leach, NE, Miller, W, Prager, TC, Marsack, J, Parker, K, Minavi, A & Gaume, A 2007, Eye and Contact Lens, vol 33, no. 5, pp. 224-235. DOI:

Comparison of the Ocular Hypotensive Efficacy of Adjunctive Brimonidine 0.15% or Brinzolamide 1% in Combination with Travoprost 0.004%
Feldman, RM, Tanna, AP, Gross, RL, Chuang, AZ, Baker, L, Reynolds, A & Prager, TC 2007, Ophthalmology, vol 114, no. 7. DOI:

Lodged intracanalicular plugs as a cause of lacrimal obstruction
Mazow, ML, McCall, T & Prager, TC 2007, Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, vol 23, no. 2, pp. 138-142. DOI:

Classifying the severity of corneal ulcers by using the "1, 2, 3" rule
Vital, MC, Belloso, M, Prager, TC & Lanier, JD 2007, Cornea, vol 26, no. 1, pp. 16-20. DOI:

Enhancing Intraocular Lens Outcome Precision: An Evaluation of Axial Length Determinations, Keratometry, and IOL Formulas
Prager, TC, Hardten, DR & Fogal, BJ 2006, Ophthalmology Clinics of North America, vol 19, no. 4, pp. 435-448. DOI:

Surgical specimen handling for conjunctival melanoma: Implications for tumor thickness determination and sentinel lymph node biopsy [5]
Esmaeli, B, De Martelaere, S, Ozkan, Y, Prager, T, Prieto, V & Diwan, AH 2006, Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, vol 22, no. 3, pp. 238-239. DOI:

Effects of maternal docosahexaenoic acid intake on visual function and neurodevelopment in breastfed term infants
Jensen, CL, Voigt, RG, Prager, TC, Zou, YL, Fraley, JK, Rozelle, JC, Turcich, MR, Llorente, AM, Anderson, RE & Heird, WC 2005, American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, vol 82, no. 1, pp. 125-132.

The diagnosis and characteristics of moderate dry eye in non-contact lens wearers
Narayanan, S, Miller, WL, Prager, TC, Jackson, JA, Leach, NE, McDermott, AM, Christensen, MT & Bergmanson, JPG 2005, Eye and Contact Lens, vol 31, no. 3, pp. 96-104. DOI:

Microbial contamination of immersion biometry ultrasound equipment
Velázquez-Estades, LJ, Wanger, A, Kellaway, J, Hardten, DR & Prager, TC 2005, Ophthalmology, vol 112, no. 5. DOI:

Laser in situ keratomileusis for treated anisometropic amblyopia in awake, autofixating pediatric and adolescent patients
Phillips, CB, Prager, TC, McClellan, G & Mintz-Hittner, HA 2004, Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, vol 30, no. 12, pp. 2522-2528. DOI:

Laser in situ keratomileusis for high hyperopia in awake, autofixating pediatric and adolescent patients with fully or partially accommodative esotropia
Phillips, CB, Prager, TC, McClellan, G & Mintz-Hittner, HA 2004, Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, vol 30, no. 10, pp. 2124-2129. DOI:

VSX1 (RINX) mutation with craniofacial anomalies, empty sella, corneal endothelial changes, and abnormal retinal and auditory bipolar cells
Mintz-Hittner, HA, Semina, EV, Frishman, LJ, Prager, TC & Murray, JC 2004, Ophthalmology, vol 111, no. 4, pp. 828-836. DOI:

Evaluating the Texas Statewide Family Practice Preceptorship Program, 1992-2000
Nieman, LZ, Foxhall, LE, Chuang, AZ, Cheng, L & Prager, TC 2004, Academic Medicine, vol 79, no. 1, pp. 62-68. DOI: