optometry

noun

op·​tom·​e·​try äp-ˈtä-mə-trē How to pronounce optometry (audio)
: the health-care profession concerned especially with examining the eye for defects and faults of refraction, with prescribing correctional lenses or eye exercises, with diagnosing diseases of the eye, and with treating such diseases or referring them for treatment
optometric adjective

Examples of optometry in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The practice is specific and should not be confused with optometry. Dominique Fluker, Essence, 2 Feb. 2024 The story was inspired by incidents that emerged during Chambers time as an optometry student and while volunteering at the 2000 Paralympic Games. Patrick Frater, Variety, 18 Oct. 2023 New eye scanners called optical coherence tomography (OCT) devices are being deployed in every optometry practice, such as your local Specsavers or Vision Express. Pearse Keane, WIRED, 26 June 2023 With 11 locations in North San Diego, Orange and Riverside counties, VCC offers affordable dental, optometry, behavioral health, specialty care and other resources for the whole family. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 Apr. 2023 Eye exams safeguard overall health by enabling the doctor of optometry to detect more than 270 serious health conditions. Alyssa Hui, Verywell Health, 29 Mar. 2023 The health center will host the school's nurse and provide services for mental health, audiology and ophthalmology/optometry. Neal Earley, Arkansas Online, 7 Dec. 2022 Nick Fogt, a professor of optometry at Ohio State University in Columbus who was not involved in this research, studies predictive eye movements as well, but in the context of seeing how expert baseball players, for example, direct their gaze toward pitches compared to how amateurs do. Joshua Learn | Inside Science, ABC News, 12 Sep. 2021 Medical tourism long has been a workaround for Americans seeking procedures that often are not covered by their insurance, and the streets of Tijuana’s medical district are lined with clinics for everything from bariatric surgery to dental care and optometry. Erin Alberty, The Salt Lake Tribune, 2 Oct. 2020 See More

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First Known Use

1874, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of optometry was in 1874

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“Optometry.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/optometry. Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

optometry

noun
op·​tom·​e·​try äp-ˈtäm-ə-trē How to pronounce optometry (audio)
: the profession of examining the eyesight and prescribing corrective lenses or eye exercises to improve vision and of diagnosing and sometimes treating diseases of the eye
optometric adjective

Medical Definition

optometry

noun
op·​tom·​e·​try -trē How to pronounce optometry (audio)
plural optometries
: the health-care profession concerned especially with examining the eye for defects and faults of refraction, with prescribing corrective lenses or eye exercises, with diagnosing diseases of the eye, and with treating such diseases or referring them for treatment
optometric adjective

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