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optician

[op-tish-uh n] /ɒpˈtɪʃ ən/
noun
1.
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.
2.
a maker or seller of optical glass and instruments.
Origin of optician
1680-1690
1680-90; < French opticien < Medieval Latin optic(a) (see optics) + French -ien -ian
Can be confused
eye doctor, ophthalmologist, optician, optometrist (see synonym study at eye doctor)
Synonyms
1. See eye doctor.
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Examples from the Web for optician
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  • The optician looked suspiciously at me as I made these wholesale purchases.

  • The acoumeter is largely used by aurists and can be obtained from the optician.

    Civics and Health William H. Allen
  • This perseverance had evolved the larger instrument from a small telescope, bought for a trifle from an optician at Bath.

    Her Season in Bath Emma Marshall
  • You had better pretend that there has been some delay—but no, your diary will show that you have not been to the optician.

    Meccania Owen Gregory
  • The comrades rushed into an optician's shop, bought an apparatus for making hydrogen, and filled the rubber with the gas.

    Comrade Kropotkin Victor Robinson
  • And then the optician fits the man according to the oculist's prescription.

    Cluthe's Advice to the Ruptured Chas. Cluthe & Sons
  • It must be made unethical and unprofessional for physician and optician alike to prescribe in the dark.

    Civics and Health William H. Allen
  • At the corner I ran against Mr. Clydesdale, the optician, who looks after the library which now occupies the old building.

    The Invasion William Le Queux
  • The first cause cannot be modified by the optician's skill, and is not important when the field of view is small.

    Half-hours with the Telescope Richard A. Proctor
  • This drawback, which besides was only momentary, was largely compensated for by the progress it caused in the optician's art.

    Underground Man Gabriel Tarde
British Dictionary definitions for optician

optician

/ɒpˈtɪʃən/
noun
1.
  1. 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
  2. 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
Compare ophthalmologist
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Word Origin and History for optician
n.

1680s, after French opticien "maker or seller of optical instruments;" see optic + -ian.

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optician in Medicine

optician op·ti·cian (ŏp-tĭsh'ən)
n.
A person who practices opticianry.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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