6J10.55 - Eye Glasses

See paragraph one in the procedure section.
Code Number:
Demo Title:
Eye Glasses
Focal lengths and Magnification
Area of Study:
Eye glasses, ground and pre-ground lenses.

A variety of eye glass lenses are available for demonstration purposes.

  • Jair Lucio Prados Ribeiro, "Myopia Glasses and Optical Power Estimation: An Easy Experiment", TPT, Vol. 53, # 2, Feb. 2015, p. 101.
  • Mark C. James, "Optics Demonstration with Student Eyeglasses Using the Inquiry Method", TPT, Vol. 49, # 6, Sept. 2011, p. 357.
  • Ding-wei Huang, Wei-neng Huang, Hsiang-chi Tseng, "Eyeglasses in the Classroom", TPT, Vol. 48, # 1, January 2010, p. 12.
  • Art Huffman, "Measuring a Glasses Prescription", AJP, Vol. 48, #4, April 1980, p. 309.
  • Giuseppe Colicchia and Hartmut Wiesner, "Laser Measrement of Optical Errors of the Eye", TPT, Vol. 44, #8, Nov. 2006, p. 512.
  • Diane Riendeau, "Making Vision Correction More Visible", TPT, Vol. 43, #7, Oct. 2005, p. 473.
  • Michael J. Ruiz, "Author's Response", TPT, Vol. 43, #3, May 2005, p. 260.
  • David Davenda, "Hyperopia and Myopia", TPT, Vol. 43, #3, May 2005, p. 260.
  • Michael J. Ruiz, "Prescribing Eyeglasses for Myopia and Hyperopia", TPT, Vol. 43, #2, Feb. 2005, p. 88.
  • James K. Huhn, "You Can Be Myopic and Still Survive on a Desert Island", TPT, Vol. 29, #9, Dec. 1991, p. 577.
  • Michael G. Ressl, "Pseudo-Telescopic Vision: The Case of the Myopic Eye, TPT, Vol. 24, #2, Feb. 1986, p. 100.
  • Pat Murphy, Ellen Macaulay, and the staff of the Exploratorium, "How Do Eyeglasses Work?", Exploratopia, p. 295.
  • Sara Stein, "Eyeglass Guess", The Science Book, p. 193.
  • The Queen Catalogues Vol. I, Catalogue of Ophthalmological Instruments, Glasses and Frames, p. 18.
  • The Queen Catalogues Vol. I, Catalogue of Ophthalmological Instruments, Spectacle and Eye-glass Frames, p. 21.
  • The Queen Catalogues Vol. I, Catalogue of Ophthalmological Instruments, Trial Glasses, p. 63.
  • The Queen Catalogues Vol. I, Catalogue of Ophthalmological Instruments,No. Q-845, p. 69.

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