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Dioptrics is the branch of optics dealing with refraction, especially by lenses. In contrast, the branch dealing with mirrors is known as catoptrics.[1] Telescopes that create their image with an objective that is a convex lens (refractors) are said to be "dioptric" telescopes.

An early study of dioptrics was conducted by Ptolemy in relationship to the human eye as well as refraction in media such as water. The understanding of the principles of dioptrics was further expanded by Alhazen, considered the father of modern optics.

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  1. ^ Schwartz, Steven H. (2019). Geometrical and visual optics a clinical introduction (Third ed.). New York. p. 268. ISBN 978-1-260-12110-0. OCLC 1100899784.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: location missing publisher (link)