a licensed professional who practices optometry.

Origin of optometrist

First recorded in 1900–05; optometr(y) + -ist
Can be confusedeye doctor ophthalmologist optician optometrist (see synonym study at eye doctor)

Synonyms for optometrist

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Related Words for optometrist

ophthalmologist, optometrist, oculist

Examples from the Web for optometrist

Contemporary Examples of optometrist

  • Although she wanted to be an optometrist, she changed her mind when she got the lead in one of her high-school plays.

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    Vera Farmiga’s Leap of Faith

    Lorenza Muñoz

    August 22, 2011

Historical Examples of optometrist

  • And while you were away, the optometrist came to fit his glasses.

    When the Owl Cries

    Paul Bartlett

British Dictionary definitions for optometrist



a person who is qualified to examine the eyes and prescribe and supply spectacles and contact lensesAlso called (esp Brit): ophthalmic optician Compare optician, ophthalmologist
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Word Origin and History for optometrist

1903; see optometry + -ist.

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