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eye doctor

an ophthalmologist.
an optometrist.
Origin of eye doctor
First recorded in 1880-85
Can be confused
eye doctor, ophthalmologist, optician, optometrist (see synonym study at the current entry)
The term eye doctor refers generally to an ophthalmologist, but is also used informally (and imprecisely) in referring to an optometrist. An ophthalmologist is a physician who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the eye. Ophthalmologists may prescribe and fit eyeglasses and contact lenses and also treat eye diseases with drugs and surgery. An optometrist is not a physician. Optometrists are professionally licensed to test a person for vision defects, prescribe and fit glasses and contact lenses, and prescribe therapeutic exercises, but they do not perform surgery and in most U.S. states may not prescribe drugs. An optician is licensed to make, sell, and fit glasses and, in most U.S. states, contact lenses prescribed by an ophthalmologist or optometrist. The term oculist, which formerly referred to an ophthalmologist, is no longer used. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • You should have them examined by an eye doctor who can fit you with glasses which will help you see clearly without headache.

    Health Lessons Alvin Davison
  • He felt so bad over it that I wrote to an eye doctor to send me a glass eye for my dog.

    Thirty Years on the Frontier Robert McReynolds
  • If it hadn't been for what the eye doctor told her she wouldn't have telegraphed to me what she did.

  • There was one old fellow, an eye doctor, in Kabul, whom I used to notice on my way to the hospital.

    At the Court of the Amr John Alfred Gray

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