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[op-tom-i-ter] /ɒpˈtɒm ɪ tər/
any of various instruments for measuring the refractive error of an eye.
Origin of optometer
First recorded in 1730-40; opto- + -meter Unabridged
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  • In using the optometer, find the place where vision of the dots is the easiest and most distinct.

    Degeneracy Eugene S. Talbot
  • Test with optometer, and in reporting use the number on the stem preceded by F for far-sightedness, and N for near-sightedness.

    Degeneracy Eugene S. Talbot
  • Now, the Javal-Bull optometer permits of a quick determination of the value of the amplitude of accommodation in dioptries.

British Dictionary definitions for optometer


any of various instruments for measuring the refractive power of the eye
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optometer in Medicine

optometer op·tom·e·ter (ŏp-tŏm'ĭ-tər)
An instrument for determining the refraction of the eye.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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