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

Definition of ophthalmologist

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

Examples of ophthalmologist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Miller-Meeks, a state senator and ophthalmologist making her fourth run for Congress, led by fewer than 300 votes on election night and declared victory. Ryan J. Foley, Star Tribune, "Democrat to seek full recount in tight US House race in Iowa," 12 Nov. 2020 That’s what prompted little Carly-Faith Davis going to an ophthalmologist at the Vanderbilt Institute for a routine eye exam in May. Amie Just | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, "Demario Davis' daughter lost her eye to cancer. This is how it changed the Saints LB and his family.," 29 Oct. 2020 This includes visits to the ophthalmologist for eye issues or the dermatologist for an annual skin check or to examine a new rash, says Dr. McNally. Alice Oglethorpe, Woman's Day, "COVID Isn’t Going Away Anytime Soon—Here’s What That Means for Your Doctors’ Appointments," 20 Oct. 2020 That would be cheaper than the $187 that Medicare currently pays for an ophthalmologist to do the exam. David Hogberg, Washington Examiner, "Critics argue Medicare's payment structure impedes healthcare productivity," 15 Oct. 2020 On February 7th—the fifteenth day—Xiaoyin expressed sadness and anger at the death of Li Wenliang, the ophthalmologist who had warned his medical-school classmates about the new disease. Peter Hessler, The New Yorker, "Nine Days in Wuhan, the Ground Zero of the Coronavirus Pandemic," 5 Oct. 2020 The day before the report, an ophthalmologist named Li Wenliang had sent a series of warnings to a WeChat group of former medical-school classmates. Peter Hessler, The New Yorker, "Nine Days in Wuhan, the Ground Zero of the Coronavirus Pandemic," 5 Oct. 2020 Paul, who was an ophthalmologist before his political career, ripped the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for his praise of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's handling of the coronavirus. Carly Ortiz-lytle, Washington Examiner, "'Worst death rate in the world': Rand Paul rips Fauci for praising Andrew Cuomo's lockdown orders," 23 Sep. 2020 An animal ophthalmologist examined her and determined Milja did not need surgery. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Adorable snow leopard cub Milja meets Milwaukee County Zoo public for first time," 2 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of ophthalmologist

1834, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ophthalmologist

ophthalmology + -ist entry 1

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24 Nov 2020

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“Ophthalmologist.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ophthalmologist. Accessed 28 Nov. 2020.

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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 How to pronounce ophthalmologist (audio) , ˌäp- How to pronounce ophthalmologist (audio) , -ˌthal- \

Medical Definition of ophthalmologist

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

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