optometry

noun
op·​tom·​e·​try | \ äp-ˈtä-mə-trē How to pronounce optometry (audio) \

Definition of optometry

: 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

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Other Words from optometry

optometric \ ˌäp-​tə-​ˈme-​trik How to pronounce optometry (audio) \ adjective

Examples of optometry in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Caroline developed an early interest in optometry after his own eye care challenges. oregonlive, "Oregon’s Contact Lens Museum preserves the history of an ‘incredible treasure’," 5 May 2021 Arkansans for Healthy Eyes, a group formed to support the law expanding the practice of optometry, Act 579 of 2019, praised the court’s latest ruling in a statement Thursday. John Moritz, Arkansas Online, "Arkansas Supreme Court ends optometry law referendum," 17 Sep. 2020 As a young girl, her parents took her to Columbus for Uncle Jim Tomko’s graduation from OSU’s optometry school. cleveland, "Berea optometrist opens new office: Community Voices," 8 May 2020 And about two hours after that, burglars stole sunglasses from a La Mesa optometry shop. 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 The Comfort also contains a pharmacy, an optometry lab, radiology, CAT-scan equipment, two oxygen-producing plants and a helicopter deck. Editors, USA TODAY, "Social distancing guidelines, USNS Comfort, work disruptions: 5 things to know Tuesday," 1 Apr. 2020 It is fully loaded with 12 operating rooms, and they are fully equipped: 1,000 hospital beds, a medical laboratory, a pharmacy, an optometry lab, digital radiology, a CAT scan, two oxygen-producing plants, and a helicopter deck. Dominick Mastrangelo, Washington Examiner, "Navy medical ship arrives in New York City ahead of schedule despite media skepticism," 30 Mar. 2020 Each contain 12 operating rooms, a 1,000-bed hospital facility, digital radiological services, a medical laboratory, a pharmacy, an optometry lab, a CAT-scan and two oxygen producing plants. W.j. Hennigan, Time, "Trump Says Hospital Ships Are Headed to Help Combat Coronavirus. It Could Be a While," 18 Mar. 2020 Thieves hit a Mira Mesa optometry office early Wednesday morning, getting inside by prying open the front door, a San Diego police officer said. Teri Figueroa, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Thieves hit another optometry shop overnight as series continues," 18 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of optometry

1874, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of optometry was in 1874

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12 May 2021

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“Optometry.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/optometry. Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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optometry

noun

English Language Learners Definition of optometry

: the profession of examining people's eyes to find out if they need eyeglasses or medical treatment

optometry

noun
op·​tom·​e·​try | \ -trē How to pronounce optometry (audio) \
plural optometries

Medical Definition of optometry

: 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

Other Words from optometry

optometric \ ˌäp-​tə-​ˈme-​trik How to pronounce optometry (audio) \ adjective

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