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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 challenge

of 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.


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