optometry


op·tom·e·try

noun \-trē\

: the profession of examining people's eyes to find out if they need eyeglasses or medical treatment

Full Definition of OPTOMETRY

:  the health-care profession concerned especially with examining the eye for defects and faults of refraction, with prescribing correctional lenses or eye exercises, with diagnosing diseases of the eye, and with treating such diseases or referring them for treatment
op·to·met·ric \ˌäp-tə-ˈme-trik\ adjective

Origin of OPTOMETRY

International Scientific Vocabulary
First Known Use: 1886

op·tom·e·try

noun \-trē\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural op·tom·e·tries

Medical Definition of OPTOMETRY

: the health-care profession concerned especially with examining the eye for defects and faults of refraction, with prescribing corrective lenses or eye exercises, with diagnosing diseases of the eye, and with treating such diseases or referring them for treatment
op·to·met·ric \ˌäp-tə-ˈme-trik\ adjective

optometry

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Profession concerned with examining the eyes for defects or faults of refraction. Optometrists prescribe optical aids (e.g., eyeglasses, contact lenses), supervise eye exercise programs to treat vision problems, and examine the eyes for disorders such as glaucoma and cataracts. They are generally not licensed to prescribe drugs or trained to perform surgery. See also ophthalmology.

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