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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Recent Examples on the Web Arkansas Little Rock: Supporters of a state law to expand the procedures optometrists may perform filed a new lawsuit Friday to prevent an effort to repeal the measure from appearing on the ballot this fall. USA TODAY, "Ollie the camel, cactus-juice walls, Can-Am Crown: News from around our 50 states," 2 Mar. 2020 And Vertigo, a mad German optometrist who's learned how to weaponize inner-ear imbalances. oregonlive, "Broadway Rose takes this superhero parody ‘Up and Away’: Review," 27 Jan. 2020 Local optometrists have responded by communicating with one another through Facebook and email to share safety tips and updates. Luke Garrett, San Diego Union-Tribune, "‘Hard to track and easy to sell;’ thieves target 26 eyeglass stores throughout San Diego County," 20 Oct. 2019 Your case of dry eye could be a result of a problem with your eyelids’ oil production, Corinne Casey, O.D., F.A.A.O., an optometrist with Katzen Eye Group, tells SELF. Korin Miller, SELF, "How to Deal With Dry, Itchy Eyes," 18 Apr. 2018 The law’s supporters say optometrists are already trained to perform the procedures but were being forced to refer patients elsewhere. USA TODAY, "Animatronic groundhog, coalfield crayfish, Old Bay sauce: News from around our 50 states," 30 Jan. 2020 After checking in like at an airport, kids 6-14 can try being a news anchor, an optometrist, a pilot and a police officer, and visit banks, restaurants, hospitals and other businesses. Deborah Fleck, Dallas News, "Looking for winter family fun? Try Dallas-Fort Worth’s museums, aquariums and indoor play places," 10 Jan. 2020 Prate is a licensed optometrist, according to state of Illinois and other online records. Diana Wallace, chicagotribune.com, "Suburban eye doctor charged with murder in girlfriend’s stabbing death in Schaumburg, police say," 24 Nov. 2019 The business was housed between a Thai restaurant and an optometrist in an upscale shopping strip across from an office building. Kevin Grasha, Cincinnati.com, "Documents: Blue Ash prostitution operation offered services 'at multiple price points'," 18 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of optometrist

1903, in the meaning defined above

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“Optometrist.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/optometrist. Accessed 29 Mar. 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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