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[op-tish-uh n] /ɒpˈtɪʃ ən/
a person who makes or sells eyeglasses and, usually, contact lenses, for remedying defects of vision in accordance with the prescriptions of ophthalmologists and optometrists.
a maker or seller of optical glass and instruments.
Origin of optician
1680-90; < French opticien < Medieval Latin optic(a) (see optics) + French -ien -ian
Can be confused
eye doctor, ophthalmologist, optician, optometrist (see synonym study at eye doctor)
1. See eye doctor. Unabridged
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  1. Also called optometrist. a general name used to refer to an ophthalmic optician, a person qualified to examine the eyes and prescribe and supply spectacles and contact lenses
  2. a general name used to refer to a dispensing optician, a person who supplies and fits spectacle frames but is not qualified to prescribe lenses
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Word Origin and History for optician

1680s, after French opticien "maker or seller of optical instruments;" see optic + -ian.

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optician in Medicine

optician op·ti·cian (ŏp-tĭsh'ən)
A person who practices opticianry.

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