Dr. James Cole is a Board Certified
Ophthalmologist who practiced in Iowa
before making Southwest Florida his home.
Dr. Cole comes from a farming family and
during his college days obtained a degree
in agriculture. He raised crops in Illinois
before preparing for medical school.
Dr. Cole received his medical degree
from the prestigious Johns Hopkins
University School of Medicine. He went on
to complete his ophthalmology residency at
Boston University School of Medicine.
Dr. Cole’s hobbies include trying to keep up with his two sons,
gardening, cooking and flying. In fact, he recently enjoyed the challengeof obtaining his instrument rating.
Dr. Cole’s surgical interests and expertise include both cataract surgery
and problems of the retina for which he has special, additional training. In
fact, Dr. Cole completed a two-year Surgical retina Fellowship at Baylor
University in Houston, Texas. Further, while practicing in Iowa, Dr. Cole
was the first and only
retina Surgeon in the area at that time to adopt totally
sutureless vitrectomy techniques which resulted in greater post-operative
comfort to his patients.
While in practice in Iowa, Dr. Cole made regular visits to the Winnebago
Indian reservation in order to provide needed retinal services to these Native
Americans. This experience contributed to his personal philosophy that
no patient should be denied the care they need because of inability to pay.
accordingly, Dr. Cole participates in
Eye Health’s free cataract surgery
program for individuals unable to afford needed eye surgery.
Because Dr. Cole’s training and clinical interests are in cataracts and
disorders of the retina, the focus of his practice is on older adults. Dr. Cole’s patients
enjoy his relaxed Midwestern manner when they come for an office visit.