[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. optical soundtrack,
  2. optical tooling,
  3. optical tweezers,
  4. optical wedge,
  5. optically,
  6. opticianry,
  7. opticist,
  8. optico-,
  9. opticociliary,
  10. opticokinetic nystagmus

Origin of optician

1680–90; < French opticien < Medieval Latin optic(a) (see optics) + French -ien -ian

1. See eye doctor.

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

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British Dictionary definitions for optician


/ (ɒpˈtɪʃən) /


  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


[ ŏp-tĭshən ]


A person who practices opticianry.

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