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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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 Macular degeneration is easy to detect by an ophthalmologist or optometrist, and it’s done by examining the retina and imaging it with special devices. Andrea K. Mcdaniels, baltimoresun.com, "Ask the Expert: Macular degeneration can lead to difficulty reading, recognizing faces and performing other fine tasks," 17 Apr. 2018 Julia Haller, ophthalmologist-in-chief at Wills Eye, said of the gift. Mary Bernard, Philly.com, "Wills Eye Hospital receives $5 million gift from Farbers," 5 July 2018 Many eye pain causes won’t disappear without treatment, so putting off that doctor’s appointment may just delay your discomfort, Vivian Shibayama, O.D., an ophthalmologist at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, tells SELF. Korin Miller, SELF, "This Is When to See a Doctor About Eye Pain ASAP," 19 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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