Millinocket Regional Hospital’s Ophthalmology practice offers advanced eye care to patients of all ages and needs. Jeremy Valentine, MD, is a comprehensive ophthalmologist, who has a vast skill set and is able to cater to all of your specialized eye care needs; including cataract surgery, retinal injections for the treatment of macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy.
Optometry vs. Ophthalmology: What’s the difference?
Optometrists are often the first line of treatment and care for most patients in terms of eye health. Optometrists provide diagnose, treat and manage vision changes as well as conduction sight testing and correction. Services include: eye exams and vision tests, prescribing and dispensing corrective lenses, detecting certain eye abnormalities and prescribing medications for certain eye diseases. If an eye disease is identified by an Optometrist, patients are often referred to an Ophthalmologist for treatment and continued management of the eye disease. They must complete four years in a professional program to get their doctor of optometry degree (OD); above and beyond their four years of undergraduate training. As of August 1st, 2019, MRH is no longer offering Optometry services.
Ophthalmologists, on the other hand, are medical doctors (M.D.) who have chosen to specialize in the field of eye care. In addition to diagnosing and treating eye diseases, Ophthalmologists provide more specialized services such as eye surgeries and advanced optical interventions. Though their skill set — such as the ability to conduct vision testing, prescribe and fit eyeglasses and contact lenses to correct vision — overlaps Optometry, Ophthalmologists have extensive training in all areas of medicine, which they can leverage for a more holistic view when diagnosing and treating a patient.
Both Optometrists and Ophthalmologists are imperative in helping us maintain eye health. Which doctor you should see is determined by your individual needs!
A sampling of our ophthalmology services include:
- Cataract surgery
- Maintenance of conditions including dry eye, diabetes and glaucoma
- Medical and surgical interventions for glaucoma
- Treatment of lid abnormalities
Schedule an Appointment:
To learn more about our Ophthalmolgy services, or to schedule an appointment, please contact us at (207) 723-5376. Our friendly staff will be happy to assist you!
Hours of Operation:
Dr. Valentine is on site three days each month and those days vary based upon scheduling and availability. In the case of an emergency, please seek services at our 24 hour Emergency Department.
White Birch Medical Center
899 Central Street
Millinocket, ME 04462
Shelly Drew, Physician Practice Manager/VP of Physician Practice
Phone: (207) 723-3349