In the fast paced and thrilling
world of optics, the base curve
is one of the three fundamental measurements of a lens
, the others being index of refraction
and back curve
The base curve is the curvature, in diopters, of the front of the lens. Take a look at your glasses. If you are severely myopic, the base curve is probably zero. If you have near-normal vision, and your glasses were made to industry standard, the base curve is probably six.
Rarely, in extreme cases, the base curve is a minus. These are used for biconcave lenses, typically only seen in prescriptions of -12 or higher.Higher, of course, being a higher number after the minus sign, which is actually a lower number. This is the difference between math and jargon.