the practice or profession of examining the eyes, by means of suitable instruments or appliances, for defects in vision and eye disorders in order to prescribe corrective lenses or other appropriate treatment.

Origin of optometry

First recorded in 1890–95; opto- + -metry
Related formsop·to·met·ri·cal [op-tuh-me-tri-kuh l] /ˌɒp təˈmɛ trɪ kəl/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for optometry



the science or practice of testing visual acuity and prescribing corrective lenses
Derived Formsoptometric (ˌɒptəˈmɛtrɪk), adjective
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Word Origin and History for optometry

1886, from optometer (1738), an instrument for testing vision, from opto- "sight," from Greek optos "seen, visible" (see optic) + -metry. Probably influenced by French optométrie.

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optometry in Medicine




The health care profession concerned with examination, diagnosis, and treatment of the eyes and related structures, and with determination and correction of vision problems using lenses and other optical aids.
Related formsop•tome•trist n.
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