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A native of New York, Dr. Sher received his M.D. degree with honors from Boston University School of Medicine at the age of 22. He completed his internship in at the University of Minnesota Hospitals. After internship, he fulfilled his military service as a commissioned officer in the US Public Health Service and was assigned to do cancer and immunology research for three years at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. He returned to Minneapolis to complete an ophthalmology residency at the University of Minnesota Hospitals. After three and half years of residency, he travelled to London, UK for additional fellowship training in corneal and external eye disease at prestigious Moorfields Eye Hospital of the University of London. Dr. Sher became Board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and a Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology as well as the American College of Surgeons (FACS). Dr. Sher specializes in corneal surgery and laser vision correction surgery. Over the last 25 years, he has performed thousands of laser vision correction procedures and is internationally recognized as a leader in the field of refractive surgery. Dr. Sher has been named Top Doctor by Minneapolis/St. Paul Magazine many times and has also been awarded the prestigious Troutman Award by the International Society for Refractive Surgery and subsequently elected to its Board. Besides laser vision correction, Dr. Sher's practice also includes the re-treatments of prior LASIK/PRK or RK, routine comprehensive medical eye exams, treatment of corneal and external eye diseases, eye infections, corneal dystrophy, conjunctivitis, allergy eyes, glaucoma, corneal surgery and transplantation, keratoconus and uveitis. He also performs exams for eyeglasses and contacts. In 1984, Dr. Sher and his colleagues at Eye Care Associates became founding members of the renowned Phillips Eye Institute (PEI) and was a former Chief of Ophthalmology at the PEI. He continues to perform his refractive surgeries at this prestigious facility, the only specialty eye hospital in the upper Midwest. Dr. Sher was one of the first surgeons in the world to perform laser vision correction and phototherapeutic keratectomy (PTK) over two decades ago. He made significant contributions to the initial research on excimer laser corneal surgery and participated in the earliest clinical trials of this new technology and hold several patents for inventions relating to refractive surgery techniques and devices. In 1994, Dr. Sher was the first American to be awarded the prestigious Troutman Award by the International Society for Refractive Surgery for his paper and research on the control of pain after corneal laser surgery. Dr. Sher has been a principal investigator for a number of equipment and pharmaceutical clinical trials, edited two textbooks on refractive surgery, and written numerous scientific articles and several monographs on refractive surgery and related topics. Dr. Sher is a frequent lecturer and Clinical Adjunct Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Minnesota Medical School.
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This content was provided by Dr. Sher I had PRK done to both eyes, with great success. Dr. Sher and his staff are very knowledgeable and took great care of me during and after the treatment. I would definitely recommend him.
This content was provided by Dr. Sher Dr. Sher has been wonderful to work with. I knew I wanted PRK at some point, so I had been working with him as an ophthalmologist for years. He explained the procedure thoroughly, but never pressured me to have it done before I was ready. Now that it's done, I'm thrilled with the results! He explains all the details, answers any and all questions, and is very available for follow-up concerns or questions!
This content was provided by Dr. Sher The level of care and attention I got during this process was extraordinary. I was informed of exactly what to expect before, during and after the 2 procedures (1 for each eye). Dr Sher called me himself later in the day after each procedure to see how I was doing and answer any questions. The end result confirms this man's talent better than I possibly can: I had 20/100 vision going in, and I now have 20/15 vision. I'm constantly "showing off" my vision in the car, reading signs & license plates well before anyone else can make them out. I can't overstate how pleased I am with Dr Sher, his staff and his organization.”
This content was provided by Dr. Sher I think he is one of the best eye doctors in this area and his quality of care is fabulous. He is very knowledgeable, professional and responsive. His bedside manner is great and treatment is extremely effective. The staff is also very friendly and helpful.
This content was provided by Dr. Sher Dr. Sher and the rest of the staff at Eye Care Associates have been a pleasure to deal with from my initial consultation in early 2005 to now, 7 years later. I can't say enough about how friendly everyone is and the eye doctors (including Dr. Sher) take as much time as necessary to answer every question and I feel that even basic eye exams are more thorough here than elsewhere. I went to Dr. Sher based on his reputation and experience. He is the only Dr. I know of that doesn't operate on both eyes at the same time and at first that was annoying, but I believe that the outcome is better doing the eyes at different times. Certainly with PRK it was the only reasonable approach given that the time to heal is longer (but the results are better) than with LASIK. I'll admit to being nervous when I had the surgery but I am so pleased with the results I can't recommend laser vision correction and Dr. Sher enough.”
This content was provided by Dr. Sher Dr. Sher is an excellent ophthalmologist and his staff is great. He is straightforward and offers good recommendations regarding your eye health and any concerns or issues. I have been going to this practice for several years now. The technician and Dr. Sher are almost always on time. The exam is thorough and I always feel I receive good advice. Dr. Sher is very knowledgeable and I feel very comfortable with his opinions.
This content was provided by Dr. Sher "I have been practicing ophthalmic and corneal surgery for over 30 years and feel honored to have been able to help many thousands of patients improve, restore or preserve their vision. I enjoy working with so many wonderful patients and having the privilege of getting to know their families. Most importantly, I find it very gratifying to hear directly from patients that their laser vision correction has improved the quality of their life."
Cornea & Refractive Surgery
Cornea & External Diseases
Accredited by: American Board of Ophthalmology*
Age-Related Macular Degeneration
Aphakia and Other Disorders of Lens
Benign Neoplasm of Choroid
Benign Neoplasm of Eye
Corneal Abrasion or Laceration
Dry Age-Related Macular Degeneration
Fuchs' Corneal Dystrophy
Glaucoma - Iridogoniodysgenesia
Progressive High Myopia
Retinal Vein Occlusion
Tear Duct Disorders
Uveitis and Iridocyclitis
Contact Lens Exams
Excision of Chalazion
Excision or Destruction of Lesion of Cornea
Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK)
Soft Contact Lenses
YAG Laser Capsulotomy
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Boston University School of Medicine
Undergraduate School | Graduated 1967
Boston University School of Medicine
Medical School | Graduated 1971
University Minn Hosps
Internship Hospital | Completed 1972
University Minn Hosps
Residency Hospital | Completed 1978
Moorfield Eye Hospital
Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1979
National Institutes of Health
Other Education | Completed 1975
Awards & Recognition
Awards & Honors
Healthgrades Honor Roll
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Dr. Sher Says:
I have been one of the founding members and former Chair of the medical staff at the Phillips Eye Institute. It is one of the leading eye hospitals in the nation and many thousands of eye surgeries are performed there each year.
I perform all my surgery at the Phillips Eye Institute (PEI) in Minneapolis, the only eye hospital in the region. The Phillips Eye...