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Our Eye Doctor

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 optometrist takes 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, diagnosing and treating potential vision problems.

Dr. Ara Gerard

Dr. Ara Gerard


Dr. Ara Gerard grew up in the small community of Elkton, SD. She earned her Bachelors of Science degree in chemistry from South Dakota State University. In 2002, Dr. Gerard graduated with honors from Pacific University College of Optometry. Since then she has practiced in both the Minneapolis metro and St. Cloud area.

Dr. Gerard and her husband, Andy, have a young son, Jack, an active toddler who keeps them on their toes. Their family also consists of an unruly Old English bulldog, Lucy. In her spare time, she enjoys Minnesota sports, concerts, movies and DIY projects around the home.

It is with sincere regret that Gerard Eye Co. has permanently close. I have loved getting to know so many of you over the past two years and appreciate all the support I received during that time.

After much thoughtful consideration, I have chosen Kennedy Vision Health Center to be a trusted partner in your eye care needs. All of your prior records will be transferred and available at:

Kennedy Vision Health Center

10600 Old County Road 15

Plymouth, MN 55441


We are open during construction! Please use the 2nd (East entrance).