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

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Then, an optometrist saw a cherry-red spot in Ava’s eye during an exam, a telltale sign of Tay-Sachs. Victoria Barber, Anchorage Daily News, "Watch: In 1 minute, an Anchorage father shows what his morning with a special needs child is like," 26 June 2019 Kyly Zak Rabin and her dad, optometrist Dr. Myles Zakheim, wondered exactly that. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "This New Startup Wants to Bring Eye Care to the Forefront of Wellness Culture," 5 Apr. 2019 Artificial tears, gels, and ointment Artificial tears are considered the first line of defense against dry eye, Vivian Shibayama, O.D., an optometrist with UCLA Health, tells SELF. Korin Miller, SELF, "So Your Doctor Says You Have Dry Eye? Here Are 8 Treatment Options to Know," 13 Dec. 2018 Kym Pessolano DeBarth, a 47-year-old optometrist-office worker from Northfield, N.J., dumped a small amount of her mother’s ashes in the water underneath It’s a Small World. Erich Schwartzel, WSJ, "Disney World’s Big Secret: It’s a Favorite Spot to Scatter Family Ashes," 24 Oct. 2018 Nearby, Katie Lewandowski, 31, a middle-school teacher from West Seattle, and her friend Milda Bandza, 30, an optometrist from White Center, had little wagons already full of purchases. Dominic Gates, The Seattle Times, "Fun, silly and fabulous at the Goodwill Glitter Sale," 10 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 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

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First Known Use of optometrist

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 How to pronounce optometrist (audio) \

Kids Definition of optometrist

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


op·​tom·​e·​trist | \ äp-ˈtäm-ə-trəst How to pronounce optometrist (audio) \

Medical Definition of optometrist

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

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