Dr. Frank Cotter, MD


Ophthalmology | Male

Dr. Frank Cotter, MD
Dr. Frank Cotter, MD is an ophthalmology doctor who practices in Galax, VA. He is 59 years old and has been practicing for 28 years. Dr. Cotter is affiliated with Carilion Clinic - Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital.

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Dr. Cotter's Performance
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  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
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  • Office environment
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  • Average wait time
    16 to 30 minutes
Patient Comments (6)
in Roanoke, VA |
Dr. Cotter as well as his staff always go above & beyond to make my every 6 month eye appointments pleasant. The care & compassion they show is wonderful. Sometimes my time spent in the office is long, but I know its for a good reason & they are doing their very best to treat my glaucoma. I can truly say that Dr. Cotter and his staff treat their patients like friends & their friends like family. The Roanoke area is lucky to have such a kind, compassionate, knowledgeable physician & great staff.
in Roanoke, VA |
Dr Frank Cotter is wonderful, but his staff leave a bad taste in my experience with him. They are not sensitive to the needs of the patients. Example, I needed a tissue and there was an empty box in the waiting room. I pointed this out to a lady behind the desk and she stated we are aware of it but did not offer to get another box. It is my experience that when you need a tissue, you need it now, not in a half an hour. It was eventually replaced, but about a half hour later. ALWAYS LATE
in Wolfcreek, WV |
Dr. Cotter came out at 10:00 p.m. Sat. night opened his office and took care of me after a blow to my eye with a bungee cord. We drove 2 hrs. from WV, they could not find any doctor available or willing to see me till Monday. The emergency room Dr. was very worried about the blood he could see in the back of my eye & not being able to see. Dr. Cotter has cared for me since 5/2013. The night we met him he told us we would be treated like family & he has kept his word. My husband see him now.
in Roanoke, VA |
Dr. Cotter is extremely professional, very knowledgeable and understands exactly what his patients are going through. I am always pleased when I leave the office, always having an understanding as to what is going on with my vision. Thank You Dr. Cotter for all you do, your practice is fantastic.
in Roanoke, VA |
I would recommend Dr. Cotter for cataract laser surgery. I had cataracts removed, lens implant and IStent in both eyes (2 weeks apart). He and his staff explained what would happen during the surgery and recovery. Right after the procure was complete - what a difference - I could see without glasses (I'm 60 yrs old woman and have been wearing glasses for 53 years). Dr. Cotter and his staff are AWESOME - very caring, professional and would answer any question that you may have.
in Bedford, VA |
Not good. Did laser surgery on my eye. Told me I would feel a little pinch. Was more like a fiery dart in my eye. Very painful. I groaned a few times and he told me to knock it off. Not very personable. He hurried to finish, then walked out telling employee to take care of me.
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  •  Specializes in Ophthalmology
  •  Board certified in Ophthalmology
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  •  No sanctions found
  •  No board actions found

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  • Ophthalmology

Conditions Treated

  • Anterior Ischemic Optic Neuropathy
  • Benign Tumor
  • Blepharitis
  • Blindness
  • Cataract
  • Conjunctival Hemorrhage
  • Corneal Abrasion or Laceration
  • Corneal Ulcer
  • Diabetic Macular Edema (DME)
  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Dry Age-Related Macular Degeneration
  • Dry Eyes
  • Eye Infections
  • Eyelid Disorders
  • Glaucoma
  • Hypotony of Eye
  • Iridocyclitis
  • Keratitis
  • Pinkeye (Conjunctivitis)
  • Retina Diseases
  • Retinal Vein Occlusion
  • Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP)
  • Senile Cataracts
  • Strabismus
  • Trichiasis
  • Uveitis and Iridocyclitis
  • Vascular Disease
  • Visual Field Defects
  • Vitreous Hemorrhage
  • Wet Age-Related Macular Degeneration


  • Medical School
    University of Washington

    Graduated in 1989

  • Internship Hospital
    Letterman Army Medical Center

    Completed in 1985

  • Residency Hospital
    Walter Reed Army Medical Center

    Completed in 1989

  • Fellowship Hospital
    U Va

    Completed in 1994

    Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center

    Completed in 1995

Languages Spoken

  • English

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  • Ophthalmology

Procedures Performed

  • Cataract Removal Surgery
  • Glaucoma Surgery
  • Scleral Reinforcement Surgery