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About Our Practice

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Innovation & Expertise
in Glaucoma

As a specialized glaucoma practice, we have invested in state-of-the-art glaucoma equipment, including visual field machines that are faster yet more accurate than average and optic nerve scans that can help detect glaucoma earlier. We are also staffed by Dr. Aponte who has specialized training in medical and surgical glaucoma. Dr. Aponte has trained at leading institutions including Mayo Clinic, Cleveland Clinic, and the University of Iowa. 

Compassion & Respect for the Elderly & Visually Impaired

We have designed our practice and schedule with consideration to the elderly and visually impaired. We strive for convenience, keeping in mind that glaucoma can require multiple visits a year. We also value outreach clinics so our elderly patients can spend less time driving to their glaucoma visits.
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We look forward to helping you. Our entire team is trained to answer your glaucoma questions whether you are concerned about a future diagnosis of glaucoma or you have already lost a significant amount of vision from the disease
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Elisabeth Aponte, M.D.

Elisabeth Aponte, M.D.

Elisabeth Aponte, M.D.

Meet our Doctors

Dr. Aponte is a fellowship-trained glaucoma specialist and board certified ophthalmologist and cataract surgeon who has performed thousands of eye procedures. She specializes in ophthalmology and in the evaluation and management of glaucoma, including glaucoma lasers and glaucoma surgeries. 

She attended medical school at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota and completed an ophthalmology residency at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland Ohio. She then pursued additional specialized training in glaucoma at the University of Iowa, a top eye hospital. 

Dr. Aponte has many glaucoma publications in scientific journals. Her research in glaucoma is referenced in the Basic Science and Clinical books read by most ophthalmologists in training in the United States. 

Dr. Aponte has privileges at Northwoods Surgery Center in Virginia, Fairview Range in Hibbing, Memorial Medical Center in Ashland Wisconsin and Essentia Health in Virginia.

In addition to her passion for glaucoma, Dr. Aponte enjoys Church activities with her family, mission trips to Haiti and chocolate desserts!

Elisabeth Aponte, M.D.

Michael J. Fuchs, O.D.

Miche J. Fuchs, O.D.

Dr. Fuchs received his Doctorate of Optometry at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon. After serving in the Air Force, he then served with the Department of Health/Indian Health Service at the Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation in North Dakota.

Dr. Fuchs was also an Adjunct Professor at the Colleges of Optometry in Southern California as well as Illinois. Starting in 1996, he became an active examiner with the National Board of Examiners in Optometry of which 
he currently proctors the Clinical Skills for retinal examinations for graduating Doctors of Optometry.

In 1999, Dr. Fuchs was the first Optometrist to practice at a Duluth multidisciplinary clinic. He has been a Trustee, Chair of the Education Committee and a continued member of the Minnesota Optometric Association.

Dr. Fuchs has participated in numerous Special Olympic Vision Screenings and a humanitarian mission with iCare International.

His most recent publication was "How Do Patients Respond to Genetic Testing for Age-related Macular Degeneration" which was published in Optometry and Vision Science in March of 2018. He has lectured on Art, Eye Disease, Perception, and Eye Trauma locally at UMD, CSS, LSC, and at state and national conferences.

In addition, he enjoys discovering new adventures in the Northland, playing scrabble with the family, and an impromptu game of cribbage!

What our patients say

"Dr. Fuchs was great at getting me new contacts for my 'difficult' eyes! I had ordered two pair through another provider and they both had to be returned. He explained things well and took time to listen to my concerns to make sure these need up being the winners!
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