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 Meanwhile, the private offices popping up on GoFundMe—pediatricians, family practices, even dentists and optometrists—provide basic care that simply doesn’t bring in much money. Brooke Borel/undark, Popular Science, "Small doctors’ offices are turning to GoFundMe to survive the pandemic," 13 May 2020 Tuello Face Shield Mask Dentists and optometrists will feel safer getting up close and personal with patients sporting this reusable face shield. Braelyn Wood, Health.com, "Sneeze Guards Are Trending Right Now—Here’s Where to Buy Your Own," 13 May 2020 Those health care practices include optometrists, dental offices, physical therapists, health care clinics and medical offices. Ben Tobin, The Courier-Journal, "Chiropractors, optometrists adjust to new 'normal day' when reopening in COVID-19 pandemic," 27 Apr. 2020 The plan, which spells out practices for different areas of commerce, lays out procedures for doctors, dentists, oral surgeons, optometrists and physical therapists. William Thornton | Wthornton@al.com, al, "Alabama doctors offices open up in May, plan recommends," 17 Apr. 2020 When this happens, people may experience discomfort in their eyes, along with red or gritty eyelids, according to Jennifer L. Stone, an optometrist in Maryland. Ashley Abramson, Allure, "Why You Might Be Experiencing More Headaches in Quarantine," 16 Apr. 2020 Karen Vanoy, an optometrist at Eyecare Associates in Homewood, would typically see as many as 20 patients a day before the outbreak. William Thornton | Wthornton@al.com, al, "Laid off health workers? Industry feels strain even as pandemic shows need," 1 Apr. 2020 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

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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 31 May. 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


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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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