Optics and Refraction Lecture Series podcasts

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Dr. David Hunter's lectures on optics and refraction are among the most popular treatment of the topic anywhere in the world. Until now, the only way you could experience these concise and entertaining (considering the topic) lectures would be to travel to a review course or attend a visiting professor lecture.

That all changed on March 9, 2010, when Dr. Hunter recorded his entire six-hour lecture series, as presented at the 2010 San Antonio Ophthalmology Course, and had it translated into "podcast" format. Now, anyone in the world can benefit from these popular lectures—free of charge!

The slides are rendered in crisp detail, and a video camera captures Dr. Hunter when he steps outside the PowerPoint to emphasize a teaching topic. There is even an accompanying handout, which serves as an independent study guide. Watch the lectures anytime, anywhere, 24/7.

For further review, you can purchase a copy of Dr. Hunter's book, Last-Minute Optics(or view portions of the first edition of the book free of charge on Google Books.)

The lecture

The following components may be streamed or downloaded for viewing:



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About Dr. Hunter

David G. Hunter, MD, PhD, is Ophthalmologist-in-Chief and the Richard M. Robb Chair of Ophthalmology at Boston Children's Hospital, as well as Associate Professor and Vice Chair of Ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School. The Ophthalmology Department at Boston Children's Hospital has 23 full-time faculty members, making it the largest pediatric ophthalmology department in the nation and perhaps the world.

Dr. Hunter obtained a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from Rice University, and a PhD (in Cell Biology) and MD from Baylor College of Medicine. After he completed an ophthalmology residency at Harvard's Mass Eye and Ear Infirmary, he was a Fellow with Drs. David Guyton and Michael Repka at the Wilmer Ophthalmological Institute, Johns Hopkins University. He was a faculty member at Johns Hopkins until 2002, when he was selected as Ophthalmologist-in-Chief at Children's.

During his time at Children's, Dr. Hunter has been responsible for the establishment of seven endowed chairs, as well as an endowed international observership that supports the living expenses of visitors from around the world. Dr. Hunter is co-author of the book, Last Minute Optics, which was recently released in its second edition, and he lectures on optics and refraction for ophthalmologists-in-training around the world.

He is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the American Association of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus and Vice President-Elect of the 12,000-memberAssociation for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology. His clinical and research interest focuses on strabismus and amblyopia.


  • Permission to record by the San Antonio Ophthalmology Course
  • Financial support by the Children's Hospital Ophthalmology Foundation
  • Web hosting provided by Boston Children's Hospital
  • Podcast produced by JEL Communications, San Antonio, TX
  • Special thanks to Danielle Spencer, New York, NY
  • Images: David Guyton, Connie West, and many other individuals contributed images to the presentation. Wherever possible, we have acknowledged the source of these images; some were obtained so long ago that we could not identify the source.

Copyright Creative Commons License

Optics and Refraction by David G. Hunter, MD, PhD, is licensed under a CreativeCommons Attribution-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License.

Contact: Click HERE to email Dr. Hunter.

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