Dr. Neal Sher, MD

Dr. Neal Sher, MD

Ophthalmology  |  
Male  |  
68 y/o

Accepting new patients

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.

Eye Care Associates PA

825 Nicollet Mall Ste 2000

Minneapolis, MN 55402
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Accepted insurance

  • Aetna
  • Assurant Health
  • AvMed
  • Bluegrass Family Health
  • Cigna
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • Government Employees Health Association (GEHA)
  • HealthPartners
  • Humana
  • Medicaid
  • Medical Mutual of Ohio
  • MultiPlan
  • Tricare
  • Ucare
  • UnitedHealthCare

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Care Philosophy

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.
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Experience for Dr. Sher

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Corneal Erosion

Dr. Sher treated this condition for more patients than 97% of his peers nationwide.

very high


Pinkeye (Conjunctivitis)

Dr. Sher treated this condition for more patients than 93% of his peers nationwide.

very high



Dr. Sher treated this condition for more patients than 89% of his peers nationwide.


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  • Ophthalmology
  • Cornea & External Diseases
  • Cornea & Refractive Surgery

Board Certifications

  • Ophthalmology
    Accredited by: American Board of Ophthalmology*

Conditions Treated

  • Age-Related Macular Degeneration
  • Aphakia and Other Disorders of Lens
  • Benign Neoplasm of Choroid
  • Benign Neoplasm of Eye
  • Benign Tumor
  • Blepharitis
  • Cancer
  • Cataract
  • Chalazion
  • Color Blindness
  • Corneal Abrasion or Laceration
  • Corneal Diseases
  • Corneal Erosion
  • Drusen
  • Dry Age-Related Macular Degeneration
  • Dry Eyes
  • Ectropion of Eyelid
  • Eye Infections
  • Eye Trauma
  • Eyelid Disorders
  • Farsightedness
  • Floaters
  • Fuchs' Corneal Dystrophy
  • Glaucoma
  • Glaucoma - Iridogoniodysgenesia
  • Herpetic Keratitis
  • Keratoconus
  • Macular Edema
  • Nearsightedness
  • Night Blindness
  • Ocular Hypertension
  • Optic Neuritis
  • Pinkeye (Conjunctivitis)
  • Presbyopia
  • Progressive High Myopia
  • Pterygium
  • Retina Diseases
  • Retinal Vein Occlusion
  • Senile Cataracts
  • Stye
  • Tear Duct Disorders
  • Uveitis and Iridocyclitis
  • Vascular Disease
  • Vision Impairment
  • Vision Loss
  • Visual Field Defects


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  • Contact Lens Exams
  • Cornea Surgery
  • Cornea Transplant
  • Excision of Chalazion
  • Excision or Destruction of Lesion of Cornea
  • Eye Examination
  • Eye Procedure
  • Eye Surgery
  • Eyeglasses
  • Eyelid Surgery
  • Glaucoma Treatment
  • Laser Surgery
  • Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK)
  • Pterygium Surgery
  • Refractive Surgery
  • Soft Contact Lenses
  • YAG Laser Capsulotomy

Background Check

Malpractice Claims not available

Healthgrades does not collect malpractice information for Minnesota.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • 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
Media & Publications

Dr. Sher has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Sher's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Sher to family and friends
based on 16 total reviews (5 with comments)
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...

Dr. Sher's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    10 to 15 minutes
Patient Comments (5)
Minneapolis, MN |
I was looking into LASIK surgery and happened upon Dr. Sher's site. Based on his extensive research and clinical background, I met with him to inquire about PRK, a procedure which he helped pioneer many years ago. I decided to pursue this option for corrective surgery, as he was objective in his explanation of the risk vs benefits of PRK vs LASIK. Overall his clinical expertise was outstanding, and I am very satisfied with the results several months post-op.
in Minneapolis, MN |
I received PRK surgery from Dr. Sher approximately 2 months ago and couldn't be happier. He was happy to answer any questions I had prior to my procedure and his vast amount of experience put my mind at ease. I couldn't be happier with the results either. Without question it has been life changing and has made working in my current job environment much more safe. I would highly recommend Dr. Sher to anyone considering corrective eyes surgery,
Red Wing, MN |
After 30 years or so of wearing glasses and contacts, thanks to Dr. Sher and his team I can finally see. From the initial consultation through the PRK procedure and into the post-operative care the experience was great. There were no surprises regarding the procedure or healing time and everything was explained in depth. I couldn't be happier.
in Minneapolis, MN |
Highly experienced, compassionate, listens to every word a patient say. Only downside is his staff, the ones that give the eye exams, aren't the greatest at measuring and documenting one's vision.
in St Paul, MN |
I found Dr. Sher to be very approachable and honest. He will tell you if you're not a good candidate, I was one. He took as much time as needed to be sure I was informed and comfortable with the process prior to making my decision to go forward with PRK. At each visit both pre-op and post-op, Dr. Sher took a very keen interest in me, making sure I understood what would take place the day of surgery, what to do after surgery and how the healing process would progress. I highly recommend Dr. Sher.
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Dr. Sher accepts 15 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
    Choice Plus POS II
  • Assurant Health
  • AvMed
    Open Access
  • Bluegrass Family Health
    Worker's Compensation WC
  • Cigna
    Cigna PPO
    Great West Healthcare-Cigna PPO
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • Government Employees Health Association (GEHA)
  • HealthPartners
  • Humana
    Choice Care PPO
  • Medicaid
  • Medical Mutual of Ohio
  • MultiPlan
    MultiPlan PPO
    PHCS Network PPO
  • Tricare
    TriCare for Life
  • Ucare
  • UnitedHealthCare
    Choice Plus POS
    Navigate POS
    Options PPO

Hospitals where Dr. Sher has admitting privileges

Abbott Northwestern Hospital
800 E 28th St
Minneapolis, MN 55407
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