oph·​thal·​mol·​o·​gist | \ˌäf-thə(l)-ˈmä-lə-jist, ˌäp-, -ˌthal-\

Definition of ophthalmologist 

: a physician who specializes in ophthalmology — compare optician, optometrist

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Under the status quo, anyone who wants but lacks 20/20 vision is beholden to optometrists and ophthalmologists. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The Eyes of Oklahoma," 24 Oct. 2018 The groom’s stepfather is an ophthalmologist at the Miami Miller School of Medicine in Miami and the editor in chief for the American Journal of Ophthalmology. New York Times, "Emily Salander, Felipe Maciá," 8 July 2018 Bill is an ophthalmologist, and Mathieu works in the office with him. Emma Austin, The Courier-Journal, "This idyllic English garden is hiding in plain sight in Old Louisville," 7 June 2018 Older people are often affected by three common vision problems, said Dr. Dianna Seldomridge, an ophthalmologist with the Duke Eye Center in Winston-Salem. Bruce Henderson, charlotteobserver, "Older drivers are linked to fatal crashes. Is 10 years too long between DMV eye exams? | Charlotte Observer," 16 May 2018 The underlying process is the same, says Albert Jun, an ophthalmologist at Johns Hopkins Wilmer Eye Institute. Jill U. Adams, courant.com, "For Your Eyes: Sunglasses Even On A Cloudy Day," 31 May 2018 One day, an ophthalmologist taught me how to remove small bits of metal from the surface of a metalworker’s eye. Paul Seward, STAT, "Emergency departments: the ‘chewing gum and duct tape’ holding together U.S. health care," 3 July 2018 Inside, medical staff offer free screenings for eye diseases that cause blindness and share test results digitally and in real time with an ophthalmologist who then consults with patients on a giant video screen. Steven J. Corwin, Recode, "Let’s make telemedicine available to all," 25 June 2018 The procedure, which is common and generally safe, is typically performed by an ophthalmologist on an outpatient basis. Dave Quinn, PEOPLE.com, "Princess Charlotte Is Once Again the Queen's Mini-Me in Adorable New Shades: See the Photos!," 12 June 2018

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1834, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of ophthalmologist

medical : a doctor who studies and treats problems and diseases of the eye


oph·​thal·​mol·​o·​gist | \ˌäf-thə(l)-ˈmäl-ə-jəst, ˌäp-, -ˌthal-\

Medical Definition of ophthalmologist 

: a physician who specializes in ophthalmology — compare optician sense 2, optometrist

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