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The kindle version can be purchased via Amazon here for £50.

(2nd edition)

A H Tunnacliffe BA PhD Dip Maths DCLP FCOptom and J G Hirst BSc M Phil Grad Cert ED

Published by ABDO

520 text pages, over 500 figures, 10 page cross-referenced index, over 100 worked numerical examples


ISBN – 9780900099151

A standard text for optician and optometry undergraduates. includes new sections on the theory of the focimeter and diffractive bifocal contact lenses.


  • Propagation and Velocity of Light
  • Refraction at Plane and Curved Surfaces
  • Thin Lenses
  • Lens Systems
  • Plane and Curved Mirrors
  • Dispersion of Light and Colour
  • Aberrations
  • Principles of Optical Instruments
  • Photometry
  • Light Waves
  • Superposition of Light Waves
  • Polarisation
  • Interference
  • Diffraction
  • Atoms, Spectra and Sources
  • Imagery – spatial distribution of optical information
  • Appendices include Fourier Analysis, Radiometry, Photometry

Essential reading for the following ABDO College courses:

  • Fellowship Dispensing Diploma
  • Foundation Degree in Ophthalmic Dispensing
  • Low Vision Honours

Recommended reading for the following ABDO College course:

  • Access Optics and Dispensing