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

  • n. The practice or profession of an optometrist.

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  • n. the art and science of vision and eye care

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Measurement of the range of vision, esp. by means of the optometer.
  • n. As defined (with minor variations) in the statutes of various States of the United States
  • n. “The employment of subjective and objective mechanical means to determine the accomodative and refractive states of the eye and the scope of its function in general.”
  • n. “The employment of any means, other than the use of drugs, for the measurement of the powers of vision and adaptation of lenses for the aid thereof.”

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The measurement of the range of vision.
  • n. The measurement of the visual powers in general (including the acuteness of the perception of form, of light, and of colors — eidoptometry, photoptometry, and chromatoptometry respectively), of the extent of the visual field (perioptometry), of the accommodative and refractive states of the eye (dioptometry), and of the position and movements of the eyeball. (ophthalmostatometry and ophthalmotropometry).

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

  • n. the practice of an optometrist


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

Greek optos, visible; see okw- in Indo-European roots + -metry.

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opto- + -metry


  • The word optometry comes from the greek words optos and metria meaning, literally "vision measurement."


  • In 1984 Jordan Kassalow, an optometry student in Boston, volunteered to treat hundreds of patients in rural Mexico.

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  • Immediately after graduating in 1943, Mr. Van Gelder opened an optometry office in Teaneck, N.J. By day he worked on eyeglasses and in the evening he recorded local artists who wanted a 78rpm record of their efforts.

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  • We also pay for private health care insurance to cover health-related expenses that aren't covered under the public plan (like optometry and dental care, medication, physio-therapy, private hospital rooms, etc.); if we don't have a private health plan then we pay ... not the government.

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  • The tint "might improve contrast fractionally," says Mark Rosenfield , professor of optometry at State University of New York College of Optometry in Manhattan, but so can adjusting the computer-screen contrast.

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  • The young rock star also frequented an optometry practice in New York, where he lived in the final months of his life.

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  • And yet even that catch-all description is inadequate: These are poems which include pie charts, textbook insets, a half-finished game of hangman, Mad Libs, artwork, Venn diagrams, and even a modified optometry chart.

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  • You can however find similar pairs at Walmart int he optometry section, no brand name.

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  • I've also decided about a month ago that I am interested in entering the STEM science, technology, engineering or math field, particularly to study optometry, and since I live in Florida, University of Florida seems like a perfect option for me.

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  • Although there's considerable public awareness about UV light's ability to burn and age the skin, awareness of its effect on the eyes has "fallen in the shadows," says optometry professor Jan Bergmanson of the University of Houston College of Optometry, founding director of the Texas Eye Research and Technology Center.

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