Geometrical and Visual Optics, Second Edition by Steven H. SchwartzGeometrical and Visual Optics, Second Edition by Steven H. Schwartz

Geometrical and Visual Optics, Second Edition

bySteven H. Schwartz

Hardcover | July 9, 2013

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Geometrical and Visual Optics, Second Edition is a rigorous, yet highly accessible text that expertly combines basic optics with clinical applications in a way that brings key optometry topics to life. It emphasizes a vergence approach to geometrical and visual optics,reinforcing its fundamental utility in clinical practice. Featuring an open, workbook-style design, the book avoids unnecessary math and focuses on those optical concepts and problem-solving skills that are the cornerstones of contemporary clinical eye care.

If you are an optometry student who wants to gain a complete, intuitive understanding of geometrical and visual optics, Geometrical and Visual Optics belongs on your reference shelf.


  • In-depth coverage of geometrical and visual optics spans the full spectrum of topics, from refraction at spherical surfaces, to thin and thick lenses, to depth of field, ametropia, magnification, retinal image size, and reflection
  • Focus on the vergence approach provides a conceptual paradigmfor the book and underscores its strategic application in clinical practice
  • Valuable chapter on basic terms and concepts reviews light sources, rays, and pencils; vergence; and refraction and Snell's law
  • Primary emphasis on core concepts, with a minimum of formulae and superfluous mathematics
  • Chapter-ending self-assessment problems of varying complexity--with worked-out answers--and two comprehensive practice examinations with answers
  • Exceptional pedagogy, including concept-clarifying figures and chapter summaries with key formulae

    Like his popular book, Visual Perception: A Clinical Orientation, Dr. Schwartz offers a foundational optics text for eye care professionals in training and those seeking a concise review. Dr. Schwartz's contributions to our collective success remain unmatched. -- Jeff Rabin, Optometry and Vision Science

Steven H. Schwartz, OD, PhD is a Professor in the Department of Biological and Vision Sciences at State University of New York, College of Optometry, where he is also Director of Institutional Research and Planning. He previously served as Vice President and Dean of Academic Affairs.
Title:Geometrical and Visual Optics, Second EditionFormat:HardcoverDimensions:9.4 × 7.5 × 1.1 inPublished:July 9, 2013Publisher:McGraw-Hill EducationLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0071790829

ISBN - 13:9780071790826

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Table of Contents

1. Basic Terms and Concepts

2. Refraction at Spherical Surfaces

3. The Vergence Relationship

4. Thin Lenses

5. Optical Systems with Multiple Surfaces

6. Thick Lenses

7. Ametropia

8. Accommodation

9. Cylindrical Lenses and the Correction of Astigmatism

10. Prisms

11. Depth of Field

12. Magnification and Low Vision Devices

13. Retinal Image Size

14. Reflection

15. Aberrations

Answers to Self-Assessment Problems

Appendix A: Entrance and Exit Pupils of Telescopes

Appendix B: Location of Purkinje Image III

Appendix C: Fluid Lenses

Appendix D: Javal's Rule

Appendix E: Derivation of the Paraxial Relationship

Appendix F: Correction of Chromatic Aberration

Practice Examinations

Answers to Practice Examinations