A health care professional who is licensed to provide primary eye care services: {{}}to examine and diagnose eye diseases such as glaucoma, cataracts, and retinal diseases and, in certain states in the U.S., to treat them; to diagnose related systemic (bodywide) conditions such as hypertension and diabetes that may affect the eyes; to examine, diagnose and treat visual conditions such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism and presbyopia; and to prescribe glasses, contact lenses, low vision rehabilitation and medications as well as perform minor surgical procedures such as the removal of foreign bodies. An optometrist is a Doctor of Optometry, an O.D. (not to be confused with a Doctor of Medicine, an M.D.). To become an optometrist, one must complete pre-professional undergraduate college education followed by 4 years of professional education in a college of optometry. Some optometrists also do a residency.
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One who practices optometry.

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op·tom·e·trist äp-'täm-ə-trəst n a specialist licensed to practice optometry compare OPHTHALMOLOGIST, OPTICIAN (2)

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op·tom·e·trist (op-tomґə-trist) a health care provider who examines, diagnoses, treats, and manages diseases and disorders of the visual system, the eye, and associated structures, as well as diagnosing related systemic conditions. See optometry.

Medical dictionary. 2011.

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  • Optometrist — Op*tom e*trist, n. One who is skilled in or practices optometry, especially one who examines the eyes for defects in vision and prescribes the proper lenses to correct any defects discovered. [Webster 1913 Suppl. +PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • optometrist — 1903; see OPTOMETRY (Cf. optometry) + IST (Cf. ist) …   Etymology dictionary

  • optometrist — ► NOUN chiefly N. Amer. ▪ a person who practises optometry; an opthalmic optician …   English terms dictionary

  • optometrist — ☆ optometrist [äp täm′ə trist ] n. a specialist in optometry …   English World dictionary

  • Optometrist — Die Optometrie ist die Teildisziplin der Augenoptik, die Fehlsichtigkeiten korrigiert. Sie umfasst die biologische und physikalische Optik. Die Grundlagen für die Fach und Hochschulausbildung auf dem Gebiet der Optometrie wurden in Deutschland… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • optometrist — noun (AmE) ⇨ See also ↑optician VERB + OPTOMETRIST ▪ go to, visit ▪ I went to visit my optometrist …   Collocations dictionary

  • optometrist — UK [ɒpˈtɒmətrɪst] / US [ɑpˈtɑmətrɪst] noun [countable] Word forms optometrist : singular optometrist plural optometrists an optician …   English dictionary

  • optometrist — See oculist. See oculist, optician, ophthalmologist, optometrist …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • optometrist — [[t]ɒptɒ̱mətrɪst[/t]] optometrists N COUNT An optometrist is the same as an optician. [mainly AM] (in BRIT, usually use optician) …   English dictionary

  • optometrist — noun Date: 1903 a specialist licensed to practice optometry compare ophthalmologist, optician …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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