from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A person who is professionally trained and licensed to examine the eyes for visual defects, diagnose problems or impairments, and prescribe corrective lenses or provide other types of treatment.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a person trained and skilled in examining and testing the eyes for defects, in order to prescribe corrective lenses or treatment

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who is skilled in or practices optometry, especially one who examines the eyes for defects in vision and prescribes the proper lenses to correct any defects discovered.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who measures the visual power; specifically, an optician without medical training, who fits eyeglasses.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a person skilled in testing for defects of vision in order to prescribe corrective glasses


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  • Wednesday night I took out my contacts, put the right one on the edge of its holder and sawed it into strips by the screw-thread top, so Thursday had to call my optometrist for a new set.

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  • Apparently, one would only have to call the optometrist and s/he will come to you to take care of all of your optometric needs.

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  • He called the optometrist's office and was told the difference was being kept by the practice as a credit toward future visits.


  • It would probably have taken me a year to get around to contacting everyone affected, but Dad’s already called her optometrist, dentist, and schoolteachers, old and new.

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  • He called the optometrist’s office and was told the difference was being kept by the practice as a credit toward future visits.

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  • However … now that I have figured out there is a restaurant in my burb called Freestyle Tout, (not trout, must see optometrist or remember to hit Enlarge Font) this seems reasonable.

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  • Why wait until lunch when the optometrist would be inundated with people picking up their prescriptions?

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  • Then I could also pick up the eyeglasses I had ordered the night before at an optometrist on the concourse.

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  • You might even find your daughter's old pair of eyeglasses from two prescriptions ago, useless to you but invaluable to a downtown optometrist with ties to villages with children whose parents have no money to buy glasses.

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  • But even a few hours of intense, unprotected exposure can have consequences, says optometrist Sarah Hinkley of the American Optometric Association.

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