op·​tom·​e·​trist | \ äp-ˈtä-mə-trist How to pronounce optometrist (audio) \

Definition of optometrist

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

Examples of optometrist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Firstly, Hershoff says the user should consult with an optometrist to make sure the device is a fit. Marika Gerken, CNN, "This Florida man invented a robot that inserts and removes your contact lenses for you," 8 Nov. 2020 My options were limited to the optometrist’s selection, with severe spectacles stuffed into glass display cases. Malia Griggs, SELF, "These $19 Rainbow Glasses Are My Favorite Purchase This Year," 23 Oct. 2020 Taking sunglasses to my optometrist for a lens replacement has been a hack of mine since my freshman year of college. Maxwell Losgar, Marie Claire, "What I Wear on Repeat: My Rhude x Thierry Lasry "Rhodeo" Frames," 14 Oct. 2020 Mile Brujic, an optometrist and owner of Premier Vision Group, also says that complaints of eyestrain, eye fatigue and eye dryness have increased as people spend more time at home. Dalvin Brown, USA TODAY, "Blink now: Increased screen time during the pandemic sends more people to the eye doctor," 5 Oct. 2020 Becoming an optometrist seemed like the perfect way for Melody Tavakoli to fulfill her immigrant parents’ dream of having a doctor in the family — without having to deal with all the blood, guts and gore of many medical professions. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Someone San Diego Should Know: Melody Tavakoli," 26 Sep. 2020 Inside the museum, where kids try out jobs such as news anchor, optometrist and pilot, guests will be asked to use hand sanitizer before and after each activity. Shannon Sutlief, Dallas News, "Fun things to do this month in Dallas-Fort Worth — online, outdoors and more," 24 Sep. 2020 Michael has been an optometrist in Buffalo, N.Y., since 2001 and has two children. David Woods, The Indianapolis Star, "Love, glory, family: 20 years ago, Indiana rower became first organ donor to win Olympic medal," 24 Sep. 2020 These physicians look after your eyes, both medically and surgically, which is different from a optometrist, who is responsible for eye tests and corrective lenses as well as prescribing medication for some diseases. Zee Krstic, Good Housekeeping, "25 Types of Doctors and What They Do for Patients' Health," 15 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of optometrist

1903, in the meaning defined above

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18 Nov 2020

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

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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 How to pronounce optometrist (audio) \

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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