Dr. Neal Sher, MD

Dr. Neal Sher, MD

Cornea & Refractive Surgery  ·  
Male  ·  
69 y/o

Accepting new patients

Dr. Neal Sher, MD is a cornea & refractive surgery specialist in Minneapolis, MN and has been practicing for 39 years. He specializes in cornea & refractive surgery, ophthalmology, and more.Read his story

Eye Care Associates PA

825 Nicollet Mall Ste 2000

Minneapolis, MN 55402
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Insurance Accepted

  • 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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Top Care Areas

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very high
more than 93% of peers
more than 91% of peers
more than 80% of peers

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Dr. Sher's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Sher "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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Patient Testimonials

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."
"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!"
"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.”"
"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."
"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.”"
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"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."

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."

3  Specialties

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

1  Board Certifications

  • Ophthalmology
    Accredited by: American Board of Ophthalmology*

47  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
  • Corneal Abrasion or Laceration
  • Corneal Diseases
  • Corneal Erosion
  • Corneal Ulcer
  • Drusen
  • Dry Age-Related Macular Degeneration
  • Dry Eyes
  • Eye Infections
  • Eye Injuries
  • Eyelid Disorders
  • Farsightedness
  • Floaters
  • Fuchs' Corneal Dystrophy
  • Glaucoma
  • Glaucoma - Iridogoniodysgenesia
  • Herpetic Keratitis
  • Keratitis
  • Keratoconus
  • Macular Edema
  • Macular Hole
  • Nearsightedness
  • Night Blindness
  • Ocular Hypertension
  • Optic Neuritis
  • Pinguecula
  • Pinkeye (Conjunctivitis)
  • Presbyopia
  • Progressive High Myopia
  • Pterygium
  • Retina Diseases
  • Retinal Vein Occlusion
  • Senile Cataracts
  • Stye
  • Ulcer
  • Uveitis and Iridocyclitis
  • Vascular Disease
  • Vision Impairment
  • Vision Loss
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18  Procedures

  • 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

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0 Sanctions

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

0 Board Actions

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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
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
17 total reviews (6 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (17)

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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
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 Institute has the most advanced technology


Patient Comments (6)

Fantastic. Performed a miracle on my eyes.
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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...more
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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...more
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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...more
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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.
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