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About Neal A. Sher, MD, FACS

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 at the University of Minnesota Hospitals. After his 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. Dr. Sher decided to pursue a career in ophthalmology and returned to Minneapolis to complete an ophthalmology residency at the University of Minnesota Hospitals. After three and a half years of residency, he traveled to London, UK for additional fellowship training in corneal and external eye disease at the prestigious Moorfields Eye Hospital at the University of London. Dr. Sher is 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 30 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 a number of times He has been awarded the Achievement Award and Senior Achievement Award by the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

Besides laser vision correction, Dr. Sher's practice also includes the re-treatments of prior LASIK/PRK or RK, 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). He was a former Chief of Ophthalmology at the PEI. He continues to perform his refractive and other 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 three 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 holds 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 has been a frequent lecturer and is currently a Clinical Adjunct Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Minnesota Medical School.

Honored for Donating Laser Vision Correction to Our Troops


In a combat zone, contact lenses and eyeglasses can cause serious problems for soldiers and increase their risk of injury. In 2004, Dr. Sher began providing PRK laser eye surgery free of charge to service men and women heading to war. He has been performing this service for more than 15 years and has treated nearly 800 soldiers. For his gift of improved vision to our troops, in 2008, Dr. Sher was awarded the Medallion of Excellence, along with a personal letter of commendation from General David Petraeus, former Commander, U.S. Central Command in Iraq and Afghanistan. In 2010 he was also honored with a proclamation from the governor of South Dakota for improving the vision of South Dakota National Guard personnel, deploying in war zones. Dr. Sher is very proud to have received numerous flags and mementos from grateful soldiers, their families and commanding officers. Most of these items are displayed in his Minneapolis office and all are considered important reminders of the need to continue to support our troops.

“It is a great honor to help the wonderful men and women in our armed forces improve their vision and help them complete their missions more safely." – Dr. Sher

In 2010, Minnesota Physician magazine recognized Dr. Sher as an Outstanding Community Caregiver for his work with our troops.

CLICK HERE if you or anyone you know would be interested in donating to the Sight for Soldiers program to provide free laser vision correction surgery to troops in the National Guard and Reserves.


Medical and Surgical Eye Specialist

Dr. Neal Sher has been practicing ophthalmic and corneal surgery for over 35 years. He has been internationally recognized as a leader in the field of refractive surgery. He feels privileged to have been able to help thousands of patients improve, restore or preserve their vision.

Dr. Sher has enjoyed working with wonderful patients and having the privilege of getting to know their families. Most importantly, he finds it very gratifying to hear directly from patients about how their laser vision correction has improved the quality of their life. For some, it has even opened up new career opportunities in fields that have stringent vision requirements. For others, it has meant increased enjoyment of sports and leisure activities and an improved work and social life.

Dr. Sher's practice is focused on providing laser vision correction with personalized care for each and every patient. He believes that it is of the utmost importance to give personal care to all of his patients, before, during, and after any type of eye surgery.

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