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optometrist

 [op-tom´ĕ-trist]
a specialist in optometry; an independent primary health care provider who examines the eyes to evaluate health and visual abilities, diagnoses eye diseases and conditions of the eye and visual system, and provides necessary treatment such as eyeglasses, contact lenses, vision therapy, and low vision aids; optometrists may also perform certain surgical procedures. In most states, they may use drugs to treat eye disease. Optometrists are not medical doctors and are educated and licensed in accordance with state laws. Preparation includes a preprofessional undergraduate degree and four years of professional education at a college of optometry, leading to a degree of Doctor of Optometry (OD); some optometrists also complete a residency.

op·tom·e·trist

(op-tom'ĕ-trist), Do not confuse this word with ophthalmologist or optician.
One who practices optometry.

optometrist

/op·tom·e·trist/ (op-tom´ĕ-trist) a specialist in optometry.

optometrist

(ŏp-tŏm′ĭ-trĭst)
n.
A person who is professionally trained and licensed to examine the eyes for visual defects, diagnose problems or impairments, and prescribe corrective lenses or provide other types of treatment.

optometrist

[optom′ətrist]
Etymology: Gk, optikos, sight, metron, measure
a person who practices optometry. An optometrist is awarded the degree of Doctor of Optometry (O.D.) after completion of at least 3 years of college followed by 4 years in an approved college of optometry. A state examination and license are also required. See also optician, optometry.

optometrist

An allied health professional who tests eyes and prescribes lenses to correct sight problems.

Education
2 years of college plus 4 years of optometry school.

op·tom·e·trist

(op-tom'ĕ-trist)
One who practices optometry.

optometrist

The American equivalent of ophthalmic OPTICIAN.

Optometrist

A medical professional who examines and tests the eyes for disease and treats visual disorders by prescribing corrective lenses and/or vision therapy. In many states, optometrists are licensed to use diagnostic and therapeutic drugs to treat certain ocular diseases.
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optometrist 

A person trained in the practice of optometry. The World Council of Optometry defines optometrists as 'the primary healthcare practitioners of the eye and visual system who provide comprehensive eye and vision care, which includes refraction and dispensing, the detection/diagnosis and management of diseases in the eye, and the rehabilitation of conditions of the visual system'. Syn. ophthalmic optician (term used principally in the UK and the Republic of Ireland); optician-optometrist (term used in some European countries); optometric physician (term used in some US states, especially where therapeutic drugs are used).
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Depending on your answers, the optometrist changes the lenses until you have the clearest, sharpest image possible.
The new optometrist examined my eyes but I told him I had to see what frames were available before I would agree to have him make lenses.
Guideline only) Trainees earn around pounds 17,000 to pounds 21,000, qualified and experienced optometrists between pounds 25,000 and pounds 44,500.
OPTOMETRISTS, also known as ophthalmic opticians, carry out detailed eye examinations for clients to test vision and identify problems, defects, injuries and ill health.
The latest Government move will see optometrists able to issue prescriptions in high street opticians so that patients do not need to visit their GP.
For example, a solo optometrist examines a patient and diagnoses cataracts.
Professional organization of optometrists; includes an optometrist locator service and information on eye conditions and concerns.