Eye care professionals specialize in understanding how the human eye really works, as well as diseases and conditions that affect your vision – many of which do not have obvious symptoms. Eye doctors know how age and risk factors affect vision over time for young and old, and they understand the benefits and features of corrective lenses including eyeglasses and contacts.
Our optometrists take the time to explain the results of your eye exam, describe your options and listen to your eye care needs. Because maintaining good eye health is an ongoing partnership, we encourage you to ask questions and share your health information, which could be vital to monitoring and diagnosing.
Robert E. Botts, OD
Dr. Bob co-founded Drs. Botts & Botts in Big Stone Gap in 1979. In 1982, the practice expanded into Lee County with a second office in Pennington Gap. Dr. Bob is a graduate of the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, TN. He is a member of the Lonesome Pine Optometric Society, Northeast Tennessee Optometric Society, Virginia Optometric Association, and American Optometric Association. Dr. Bob focuses on treatment of Ocular Disease (Diabetes, Cataracts, Glaucoma, Macular Degeneration, etc.) and family based eye care. He is an alumnus of East Tennessee State University and Powell Valley High School, and also attended Clinch Valley College. Dr. Bob is a lifelong resident of Big Stone Gap, along with his wife Diane and their dog, Kobe. He has three grown children: Andrew practices Optometry alongside Dr. Bob. Katie, a Virginia Tech graduate, is an elementary school teacher in Charlotte, NC. Hunter, a UVA-Wise and ETSU graduate, is studying to become a nurse anesthetist at Wake Forest University. Dr. Bob is dedicated to his family and the practice of Optometry. When he is away from the workplace, he enjoys ATV riding, yard work, golf, watching TV/movies, and carpentry.
Robert A. Botts, OD
Dr. Andrew Botts returned home and began his own optometric career in 2014. Dr. Andrew is a graduate of the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, TN. He completed clinical internships at the The Eye Center at SCO in Memphis, James H. Quillen VA Medical Center in Mountain Home TN, and Hyde Eyecare in Morristown TN. He is a member of the American Diabetic Association, Lonesome Pine Optometric Society, Northeast Tennnessee Optometric Society, Virginia Optometric Association, and American Optometric Association. Dr. Andrew has received awards for Clinical Optometric Excellence and the David W. Roane Award for Business Ethics. He emphasizes management and treatment of Ocular Surface Disease (Dry Eye and Allergies), Ocular Disease (Diabetes, Cataracts, Glaucoma, Macular Degeneration, etc.), and also enjoys family based eye care, including Pediatrics and Contact Lens. Dr. Andrew is an alumnus of The University of Virginia’s College at Wise and Powell Valley High School. He grew up and now resides in Big Stone Gap with his wife Sara, daughter Kennedy, and son Asher. He is a member of the Big Stone Gap Kiwanis Club, Trinity United Methodist Church, serves as Treasurer/Board member for The Gap Partnership, and board member for Virginia Eyecare Clinic—an optometric internship clinic in Grundy, VA. In his spare time, he enjoys travel, golf, watching sports, studying real estate and business, and spending time with his family.