Dr. Robert Gibson grew up in the Panama Canal Zone and completed his undergraduate degree at the University of South Florida. He received his Doctor of Optometry degree with honors from the University of Houston, College of Optometry and has maintained collaboration with NASA and worked as a Therapeutic Optometrist in the Bay Area for more than 20 years.
Dr. Gibson currently provides eye care in the Flight Medicine optometric clinic at Johnson Space Center and has published numerous research articles, conducted at NASA, on the effects of space flight on the eye. In addition to practicing at NASA and South Shore Eye Center, Dr. Gibson is on staff at Coastal Eye Associates and Advanced Laser Vision & Surgical Institute, where he served as clinical director from 2000–2008. Dr. Gibson also serves as Clinical Adjunct Professor at the University of Houston, College of Optometry.
He and his wife, Lorraine, have one son. He enjoys golf, tennis and spending time with his family.
Watch this video by CNN: Dr. Gibson explains why astronauts could have eye problems returning from long missions in space.