a person who makes or sells eyeglasses and, usually, contact lenses, for remedying defects of vision in accordance with the prescriptions of ophthalmologists and optometrists.
a maker or seller of optical glass and instruments.

1680–90; < French opticien < Medieval Latin optic(a) (see optics) + French -ien -ian

eye doctor, ophthalmologist, optician, optometrist (see synonym study at eye doctor).

1. See eye doctor.
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optician (ɒpˈtɪʃən)
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 a.  Also called: optometrist a general name used to refer to an ophthalmic optician, a person qualified to examine the eyes and prescribe and supply spectacles and contact lenses
 b.  a general name used to refer to a dispensing optician, a person who supplies and fits spectacle frames but is not qualified to prescribe lenses

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1680s, after Fr. opticien; see optic.
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optician op·ti·cian (ŏp-tĭsh'ən)
A person who practices opticianry.

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Certification signifies to customers and employers that an optician has a certain level of expertise.
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