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[op-tom-i-trist] /ɒpˈtɒm ɪ trɪst/
a licensed professional who practices optometry.
Origin of optometrist
1900-05; optometr(y) + -ist
Can be confused
eye doctor, ophthalmologist, optician, optometrist (see synonym study at eye doctor)
See eye doctor. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for optometrist
  • Her optometrist suggested multifocal contact lenses, which correct for both distance and near vision problems.
  • His father is an optometrist in private practice there.
  • The camera zooms, pans and shifts focus as if it were being wielded by an optometrist on a cocaine binge.
  • Regular eye checkups from an ophthalmologist or optometrist are important.
  • He began seeing a local optometrist, who is also holistic, and he recommended green tea and garlic.
British Dictionary definitions for optometrist


a person who is qualified to examine the eyes and prescribe and supply spectacles and contact lenses Also called (esp Brit) ophthalmic optician Compare optician, ophthalmologist
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Word Origin and History for optometrist

1903; see optometry + -ist.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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