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 By the time Gostevskyh, now 41, did get to a doctor - two weeks after the jail doctor urgently recommended the appointment - an ophthalmologist said the eye needed to be removed, according to court records. oregonlive, "Judge: Suit by former inmate, alleging jail failed to get him medical care resulting in loss of eye, can head to trial," 23 Oct. 2019 TheraTears® Dry Eye Therapy was created by an ophthalmologist after 18 years of research. Good Housekeeping, "TheraTears®," 22 Oct. 2019 Only an optometrist or ophthalmologist can give you this information. Phillip Yuhas, Quartz, "Blue light isn’t the main cause of eye fatigue and sleep loss," 8 Nov. 2019 The process begins with a comprehensive eye examination by an optometrist or ophthalmologist. Phillip Yuhas, The Conversation, "The scariest part of Halloween may be costume contact lenses, an eye doctor says," 28 Oct. 2019 The process begins with a comprehensive eye examination by an optometrist or ophthalmologist. The Conversation, oregonlive, "All the reasons not to wear costume contact lenses this Halloween," 28 Oct. 2019 An eye care professional trained and experienced in evaluating children -- either an optometrist or an ophthalmologist -- should be able to provide a thorough eye exam and offer clear information about a child’s eye health. Mayo Clinic, chicagotribune.com, "Many children develop nearsightedness during elementary school years," 23 Oct. 2019 Sherry’s late husband, Henry, was an ophthalmologist who’d gone to high school at tony Sidwell Friends and medical school at Johns Hopkins. John Kelly, Washington Post, "Washington, the capital city that’s always been a country outpost," 17 Sep. 2019 Now After two years of worsening eyesight and eventual blindness, the boy was referred to a neuro-ophthalmologist. Time, "A Teen Boy's Diet of Fries and Sausage Led to Blindness, According to a New Case Study," 3 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of ophthalmologist

1834, in the meaning defined above

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“Ophthalmologist.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ophthalmologist?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=o&file=ophtha03. Accessed 12 December 2019.

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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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