op·​tom·​e·​trist | \äp-ˈtä-mə-trist \

Definition of optometrist 

: a specialist licensed to practice optometry — compare ophthalmologist, optician

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Sleeping in contact lenses, on the other hand, will suck moisture from your eyes, Carolyn M. Duong, O.D., an optometrist at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, tells SELF. Korin Miller, SELF, "5 Entirely Preventable Eye Injuries Doctors See Way Too Often," 1 Nov. 2018 The bride’s father retired as an optometrist in private practice in Henderson, N.C. New York Times, "Gabriela Allen, Andrew Morrison," 17 June 2018 One of those grandchildren became a lawyer, another a teacher, another an engineer, another an optometrist and yet another a partner at New York private-equity firm. Theresa Vargas, Washington Post, "This 9-year-old came to the U.S. alone long before the #WhereAreTheChildren outrage," 30 May 2018 And yet a majority of the 1,000 ophthalmologists and optometrists surveyed agreed that 10-plus hours a day of screen time is too much. Laura Norkin, Glamour, "Feeling Burned Out? Your Screen Time May Have Something to Do With It," 13 June 2018 Hernandez, a state senator and optometrist, has raised nearly $2.8 million. Washington Post, "Candidates spend big in California lieutenant governor race," 14 May 2018 Greater Elgin Family, which provides general medicine, ob/gyn, optometrist and other health care services, also has clinics in towns in Cook, Kane, McHenry and DeKalb counties, including Hanover Park, Streamwood and Wheeling. Janelle Walker, Elgin Courier-News, "Summit, Slade health clinics merging, Greater Elgin Family Care moving to new Elgin digs," 29 May 2018 Gary Henry Lincoff was born on Oct. 3, 1942, in Pittsburgh to Leonard Lincoff, an optometrist, and the former Bette Forman. Andy Newman, New York Times, "Gary Lincoff, 75, Dies; Spread the Joy of Mushrooms Far and Wide," 23 Mar. 2018 After marrying her husband Chuck, the young couple moved to Boston, MA where Chuck completed his studies to be an optometrist. courant.com, "Dorothy Jane Claughsey," 25 Apr. 2018

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1903, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of optometrist

: a person whose job is to examine people's eyes to find out if they need eyeglasses or medical treatment


op·​tom·​e·​trist | \äp-ˈtä-mə-trəst \

Kids Definition of optometrist

: a person who examines the eyes and prescribes glasses or exercise to improve the eyesight


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Medical Definition of optometrist 

: a specialist licensed to practice optometry — compare ophthalmologist, optician sense 2

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