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

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Created by an ophthalmologist, TheraTears® unique electrolyte formula is clinically proven to restore your eyes’ natural balance. Good Housekeeping, "Suffering from dry eyes? Try TheraTears®," 19 Feb. 2019 Yet the country has just 11 ophthalmologists for every million people, compared with 59 in the U.S., according to the International Council of Ophthalmologists. Corinne Abrams, WSJ, "Google’s Effort to Prevent Blindness Shows AI Challenges," 26 Jan. 2019 Wash your eye with water, flip up your eyelids a la the pool party kid in [Eighth Grade] (https://www.teenvogue.com/story/elsie-fisher-eighth-grade), or check in with an ophthalmologist. Bartie Scott, Teen Vogue, "A Woman Had a Contact Lens Stuck in Her Eye for 28 Years," 16 Aug. 2018 To keep your eye muscles from wearing out, ophthalmologists recommend the 20-20-20 rule. Macaela Mackenzie, Allure, "The Scary Way Blue Light From Your Phone Can Affect Your Eyes and Vision," 6 July 2018 Contact lenses can trap allergens and hold them against your eyeballs, Carolyn Duong, O.D., an ophthalmologist with UCLA Health, tells SELF, which can make symptoms flare up. Korin Miller, SELF, "8 Possible Reasons Your Contacts Feel So Scratchy," 8 Aug. 2018 According to a Fraser Institute study, the average Canadian waits three months to see an ophthalmologist, four months for an orthopedist and five months for a neurosurgeon. Scott W. Atlas, WSJ, "The False Promise of ‘Medicare for All’," 12 Nov. 2018 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

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First Known Use of ophthalmologist

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 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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