a licensed professional who practices optometry.

1900–05; optometr(y) + -ist

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

See eye doctor.
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optometrist (ɒpˈtɒmɪtrɪst)
optician Compare ophthalmologist Also called (esp Brit): ophthalmic optician a person who is qualified to examine the eyes and prescribe and supply spectacles and contact lenses

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Word Origin & History

1903; see optometry.
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Example sentences
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.
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