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From the Greek Optos (what is seen) and -metry (to measure) an optometrist is a doctor, or in some countries a trained specialist, who measures your eye's refractive error, writes your prescription and screens for common eye health issues. Even if you are not using your prescription, you should see an optometrist on the schedule he recommends to screen for other health issues and objectively measure your progress. High myopes are at higher risk for many eye conditions and should see their optometrists more often than emmetropes.