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The branch of optics that treats of the refraction of light, especially by the transparent medium of the eye, and by lenses.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.



the study of the refraction of light when it passes through separate refracting surfaces and their systems. The term “dioptrics” is often used in connection with the eye: the dioptrics of the eye is the study of the properties of the eye as an optical instrument.

The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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