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eye doctor

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noun
  1. an ophthalmologist.
  2. an optometrist.
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Origin of eye doctor

First recorded in 1880–85
Can be confusedeye doctor ophthalmologist optician optometrist (see synonym study at the current entry)

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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.
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ophthalmologistoptometristoculist

Examples from the Web for eye doctor

Historical Examples

  • You know I spent three years visiting nearly every eye-doctor in Europe.

    The Night Riders

    Ridgwell Cullum

  • And after the eye-doctor is paid, we will have a lot left over for this new thing Douglass is inventing.

    Phyllis

    Maria Thompson Daviess

  • She then married an eye-doctor, and lived with a brooding severity in his company, and that of her only child.

    Instigations

    Ezra Pound

  • He almost forgot he would not see Germany, unless the eye-doctor were a miracle-monger indeed.

    Ghetto Tragedies

    Israel Zangwill