ophthalmic

adjective

oph·​thal·​mic äf-ˈthal-mik How to pronounce ophthalmic (audio)
äp-
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 Key Background These eye ointments are ophthalmic drug products—medications that are meant to be sterile and used on the eyes. Arianna Johnson, Forbes, 28 Feb. 2024 Among the notable points from the regulator was this stark pronouncement: No one should ever use any homeopathic ophthalmic products, and every single such product should be pulled off the market. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 12 Dec. 2023 That included ophthalmic lasers and a pediatric retinal camera used in the treatment of optic nerve disorders and eye tumors in children, according to Mutmainah, head of the eye health center at RSCM Kirana, who like many Indonesians goes by one name. Rana Wehbe Watson, Forbes, 29 Nov. 2023 Topical ophthalmic prescriptions in this category include Lumigan (bimatoprost), and Xalatan (latanoprost), which are eye drops used to treat glaucoma. Alyssa Hui, Verywell Health, 3 Nov. 2023 Eye drops and ophthalmic products are required to be sterile, and thus the FDA has mandated that anyone using the above brands should discontinue use immediately. Kara Nesvig, Allure, 1 Nov. 2023 Nonetheless, thimerosal is no longer used in childhood vaccines, but is still used as a preservative in other types of vaccines and medicines, such as ophthalmic solutions. Scott Lafee, San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 Aug. 2023 In addition to the standard risks associated with surgery and anesthesia, these ophthalmic surgeries have certain potential complications. Dagny Zhu, Verywell Health, 26 Jan. 2023 One of the most common topical antibiotics is erythromycin ophthalmic ointment. Susan Brickell, Health, 9 Mar. 2023

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Word History

Etymology

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-

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of ophthalmic was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Ophthalmic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ophthalmic. Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition

ophthalmic

1 of 2 adjective
oph·​thal·​mic -mik How to pronounce ophthalmic (audio)
1
: of, relating to, or situated near the eye
2
: supplying or draining the eye or structures in the region of the eye

ophthalmic

2 of 2 noun

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