[ 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


1 See eye doctor.

Can be confused

eye doctor ophthalmologist optician optometrist (see synonym study at eye doctor)
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British Dictionary definitions for optician


/ (ɒpˈtɪʃən) /


  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
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Medicine definitions for optician


[ ŏp-tĭshən ]


A person who practices opticianry.
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