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Thomas V. Claringbold II, D.O.

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  • Ophthalmology
  • Ophthalmology

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Thomas V. Claringbold II, D.O., is a board certified ophthalmologist with specialized training in medical and surgical care of the eyes. He currently sees patients in Clare and Houghton Lake.

Becoming an ophthalmologist wasn’t always Dr. Claringbold’s primary goal. Before going into medicine, he attended Central Michigan University majoring in sports medicine.

He then attended Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine with the intention of becoming a family physician. It was during medical school that Dr. Claringbold was first exposed to ophthalmology, which inspired him to make the change.

“Before long, I realized my true love was ophthalmology,” said Dr. Claringbold, “so the next year I joined the residency program at Bi-County Hospital in Warren, Michigan.”

Philosophy of Care

Growing up in the Detroit metropolitan area, it was uncommon for Dr. Claringbold to leave his house and run into anyone he knew. He used to think there was a certain safety and comfort in being anonymous. Now, practicing medicine in a small town, he can’t leave his house without running into patients. “I’ve come to really appreciate and value the sense of community in having everybody know my name,” he said. “To my patients, I’m more than just their ophthalmologist, I’m a real person. I’m someone who puts on a costume to promote the local arts council or who helps coach their kids’ soccer team. The Clare community has opened its arms to me and my family and enchanted us with its charm.”

According to Dr. Claringbold, his family was the driving force behind his decision to be a rural doctor. “We have really come to enjoy small town living and over the years the local residents have essentially become our extended family,” he said. “It’s easy to treat your patients like family when they feel like family. I truly enjoy getting to know them and being part of the community they call home.”

Special Interests and Procedures

Dr. Claringbold has special training in a number of areas in ophthalmology. For example, he spent six months learning pediatric ophthalmology at Children’s Hospital in Detroit, three times the standard two month rotation. His areas of interest include general and pediatric ophthalmology, oculoplastic surgery (eyelid repair of any kind, repair of droopy eyelids, repair of trauma to the eyelid, reducing excessive tearing and more), cataract and refractive surgery and retinal laser surgery to treat damage to the eye caused by diabetes or macular degeneration.

He also performs LASEK surgery, a procedure that reshapes the cornea of the eye with a laser beam to correct or improve nearsightedness.

Dr. Claringbold and his family live in the Clare community and are involved in a variety of community activities, including the local arts council. In addition to participating in local seasonal community festivities, he and his family also enjoy taking weekend trips downstate.


  • Male

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Board Certified

  • Ophthalmology


  • English


Medical School

Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, East Lansing, MI, DOCTOR OF OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE


Riverside Osteopathic Hospital, Trenton, MI


Riverside Osteopathic Hospital, Trenton, MI, FAMILY MEDICINE
Bi-County Community Hospital, Warren, MI, OPHTHALMOLOGY

Year Began Practicing

  • 1997

Clinical Interests & Special Procedures

  • Refractive Surgery
  • Retinal Laser Surgery
  • Oculoplastic Surgery
  • Cataract Surgery
  • Lasek Eye Surgery

Professional Memberships

  • American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • American Osteopathic College of Ophthalmology
  • American Osteopathic Association
  • Physicians for Social Responsibility
  • American Society fo Cataract and Refractive Surgeons


 "It’s easy to treat your patients like family when they feel like family. I truly enjoy getting to know them and being part of the community they call home."

Participating Insurances*

  • United Healthcare Commercial
  • Optum VA Choice
  • TriCare WPS - Prime
  • TriCare Humana
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield Trust PPO
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield Traditional
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield Medicare Plus Blue (Medicare Advantage)
  • Blue Care Network Medicare Advantage HMO
  • PACE Central Michigan (Program for All-inclusive Care for the Elderly)
  • Medicaid
  • Molina - Medicaid
  • Priority Health Medicare Advantage PPO
  • Medicare
  • Blue Care Network
  • Priority Health HMO
  • Priority Health PPO
  • Humana Medicare Advantage HMO/PPO
  • ConnectCare - Northwood University
  • ConnectCare - MyMichigan Health
  • McLaren Health Plan - Medicaid
  • HAP - Preferred
  • HAP - PPO
  • MultiPlan (PHCS)
  • HAP Medicare Advantage HMO
  • HAP Medicare Advantage PPO
  • Aetna Better Health - Medicaid
  • Aetna Medicare Advantage
  • Cigna
  • Aetna
  • Priority Health Medicare Advantage HMO
  • Cofinity
  • Medicare Railroad
  • US Health and Life
  • Meridian Health Plan - Medicaid

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  • Ophthalmology (eyes)


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