Crossword clues for optometry
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Optometry \Op*tom"e*try\, n.
(Med.) Measurement of the range of vision, esp. by means of the optometer.
As defined (with minor variations) in the statutes of various States of the United States:
``The employment of subjective and objective mechanical means to determine the accomodative and refractive states of the eye and the scope of its function in general.''
``The employment of any means, other than the use of drugs, for the measurement of the powers of vision and adaptation of lenses for the aid thereof.''
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
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.
n. the art and science of vision and eye care
n. the practice of an optometrist
Optometry is the practice or profession of examining the eyes and applicable visual systems for defects or abnormalities and the administering of vision tests to evaluate visual acuity and visual perception, in humans. In addition to diagnosis, optometrists (also known as doctors of optometry) are trained and authorize to correct, treat and or manage vision changes through the prescription and dispensement of corrective lenses and or medication when necessary. Opthamologists, optometrists and opticians are not professional equals and posses varying levels of authority and training. An opthamologist is a medical doctor (M.D.) or osteopathic doctor (D.O.); specializes in eye and vision care, has completed 4 years of college and 8 additional years of medical training, is licensed to practice medicine and perform surgeries. Optometrists are healthcare professionals not medical doctors; are not authorize to conduct surgeries, are required to complete a minimum of 3 years of college and 4 years of optometry school. Optician are technician trained in the designing, verifying and fitting of eyewear and other vision correcting devices; they use prescriptions supplied by ophthalmologists or optometrists, are not permitted to diagnosis or treat eye disease and may not test vision or write prescriptions for vision correction.
The term "optometry" comes from the Greek words ὄψις (opsis; "view") and μέτρον (metron; "something used to measure", "measure", "rule"). The word entered the language when the instrument for measuring vision was called an optometer, (before the terms phoropter or refractor were used). The root word opto is a shortened form derived from the Greek word ophthalmos meaning, "eye." Like most healthcare professions, the education and certification of optometrists is regulated in most countries. Optometric professionals and optometry-related organizations interact with governmental agencies, other healthcare professionals, and the community to deliver eye- and vision-care.
Usage examples of "optometry".
For years Bonnie had to lead me around by the hand, until we stumbled across this old optometry shop.
The man sat against the exterior wall of an abandoned optometry shop, redtipped white cane next to him, worn running shoes with new, glary laces on his feet.
He graduated from Ilium High School in the upper third of his class, and attended night sessions at the Ilium School of Optometry for one semester before being drafted for military service in the Second World War.
Eve, and Billy was disgracefully drunk at a party where everybody was in optometry or married to an optometrist.
His father-in-law, who owned the Ilium School of Optometry, who had set Billy up in practice, was a genius in his field.
Everybody at the party was associated with optometry in some way, except Trout.