oph·​thal·​mic | \ äf-ˈthal-mik How to pronounce ophthalmic (audio) , äp- \

Definition of ophthalmic

1 : of, relating to, or situated near the eye
2 : supplying or draining the eye or structures in the region of the eye ophthalmic artery

Examples of ophthalmic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The answer could aid the development of treatments for dry eyes and other ophthalmic troubles in people. Katherine J. Wu New York Times, Star Tribune, "Studying animal tears may help treat dry eyes," 9 Sep. 2020 In Muskogee, where the family settled, his father was an optician who founded Coburn Optical Industries, which made ophthalmic equipment and eyeglass lenses. Robert D. Mcfadden, New York Times, "Tom Coburn, the ‘Dr. No’ of Congress, Is Dead at 72," 28 Mar. 2020 She was treated by ophthalmic surgeon Dana Robaei, who wrote about Lynch’s case in the May 2018 issue of the journal Ophthalmology. Sarah Klein, Health.com, "This Scary Photo Is Proof You Need to Take Off Your Mascara Every Night," 1 June 2018 John Bradley, 75, an ophthalmic surgeon who operated a private practice in Chevy Chase, Md., for about 35 years, died March 20 at a hospital in Washington. Washington Post, "The story must be told.," 17 May 2018 But Zahau’s mother and sister have never accepted that Zahau — a certified ophthalmic technician — committed suicide. Christine Pelisek, PEOPLE.com, "California Mansion Mystery: Did Rebecca Zahau Kill Herself — or Was She Murdered?," 28 Feb. 2018 Essilor is the largest supplier of ophthalmic lenses while Luxottica is the top provider of eyewear both in Europe and across the world, the EU said. Emre Peker, WSJ, "EU Opens Investigation Into Essilor-Luxottica Merger," 26 Sep. 2017 Of course, the outcome depends on the ophthalmic surgeon, who is also a kind and caring woman, but by then I was sedated, mesmerized by bright lights. Author: Garrison Keillor, Alaska Dispatch News, "Lessons of blindness and kindness," 5 July 2017 Sreedhar Potarazu was brilliant, everyone agrees, an ophthalmic surgeon who started college at age 15 and earned degrees in medicine and business. Rachel Weiner, Washington Post, "Local doctor who scammed hundreds will go to prison for 10 years," 19 July 2017

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First Known Use of ophthalmic

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for ophthalmic

Middle English obtalmic "inflamed, produced by ophthalmia," borrowed from Late Latin ophthalmicus "of the eye" (Medieval Latin also obtalmicus, Latin opthalmicus as noun, "oculist"), borrowed from Greek ophthalmikós, from ophthalmós "eye" + -ikos -ic entry 1 — more at ophthalmo-

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“Ophthalmic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ophthalmic. Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of ophthalmic

medical : of or relating to the eye


oph·​thal·​mic | \ -mik How to pronounce ophthalmic (audio) \

Medical Definition of ophthalmic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of, relating to, or situated near the eye
2 : supplying or draining the eye or structures in the region of the eye



Medical Definition of ophthalmic (Entry 2 of 2)

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