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Curves and surfaces in the context of optometry. Part 1: Curves*

W.F. Harris
African Vision and Eye Health | South African Optometrist: Vol 64, No 4 | a235 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/aveh.v64i4.235 | © 2005 W.F. Harris | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 19 December 2005 | Published: 19 December 2005

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W.F. Harris, Optometric Science Research Group, Department of Optometry, and Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Johannesburg, PO Box 524, Auckland Park, 2006 South Africa, South Africa

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This paper introduces the differential geom-etry of curves in Euclidean 3-space, the motiva-tion being the writer’s belief that, despite their fundamental importance, curves are inadequate-ly treated in optometric educational programs. Curvature and torsion are defined along a curve. Two  numerical  examples  are  presented.  The fundamental theorem of curves is stated. The relationship of the geometry of varifocal lenses and curves known as involutes are discussed. A brief treatment of the theory of contact is given with  suggestions  of  applications  in  contact between  spectacle  lenses  and  frames,  contact lenses and corneas (including orthokeratology), intra-ocular lenses and structures in the eye, and spectacle frames and the face.


Curves, curvature, torsion, varifocal lenses, theory of contact, differential geometry


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