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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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  • The optician looked suspiciously at me as I made these wholesale purchases.

  • The acoumeter is largely used by aurists and can be obtained from the optician.

    Civics and Health William H. Allen
  • This perseverance had evolved the larger instrument from a small telescope, bought for a trifle from an optician at Bath.

    Her Season in Bath Emma Marshall
  • You had better pretend that there has been some delay—but no, your diary will show that you have not been to the optician.

    Meccania Owen Gregory
  • The comrades rushed into an optician's shop, bought an apparatus for making hydrogen, and filled the rubber with the gas.

    Comrade Kropotkin Victor Robinson
  • And then the optician fits the man according to the oculist's prescription.

    Cluthe's Advice to the Ruptured Chas. Cluthe & Sons
  • It must be made unethical and unprofessional for physician and optician alike to prescribe in the dark.

    Civics and Health William H. Allen
  • At the corner I ran against Mr. Clydesdale, the optician, who looks after the library which now occupies the old building.

    The Invasion William Le Queux
  • The first cause cannot be modified by the optician's skill, and is not important when the field of view is small.

    Half-hours with the Telescope Richard A. Proctor
  • This drawback, which besides was only momentary, was largely compensated for by the progress it caused in the optician's art.

    Underground Man Gabriel Tarde
British Dictionary definitions for optician


  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
Compare ophthalmologist
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for optician

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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optician in Medicine

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

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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