[ op-tish-uhn ]

  1. 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.

  2. a maker or seller of optical glass and instruments.

Origin of optician

1670–80; from French opticien, from Medieval Latin optic(a) (see optics) + French -ien -ian

synonym study For optician

1. See eye doctor.

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How to use optician in a sentence

  • At the corner I ran against Mr. Clydesdale, the optician, who looks after the library which now occupies the old building.

    The Invasion | William Le Queux
  • Singularly enough it was not the same plan as the Dutch optician's, it was another mode of achieving the same end.

    Pioneers of Science | Oliver Lodge

British Dictionary definitions for optician


/ (ɒpˈtɪʃən) /

  1. : Compare ophthalmologist

    • 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

    • 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

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