[op-tish-uh n]


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 confusedeye doctor ophthalmologist optician optometrist (see synonym study at eye doctor)

Synonyms for optician

1. See eye doctor.
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Examples from the Web for optician

Historical Examples of optician

  • "That is an opthalmometer," replied the optician in his gravest manner.

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

    Civics and Health

    William H. Allen

  • Our first object is to see if the optician has given us a good glass.

  • In 1609 invented a telescope, after hearing of a Dutch optician's discovery.

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


    Owen Gregory

British Dictionary definitions for optician



  1. Also called: optometrista 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
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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

Medicine definitions for optician




A person who practices opticianry.
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