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Dr. Neal Sher

LASIK Surgery
Minneapolis, MN
51 years experience male

Locations

Office

Minneapolis, MN

Address

825 Nicollet Mall 20th Flr, Minneapolis, MN
Directions

Insurances accepted

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About

Bio

Neal A. Sher MD, FACS is a board certified ophthalmic surgeon specializing in corneal surgery and laser vision correction surgery. His practice also includes the treatment of corneal diseases, corneal surgery including transplantation, keratoconus, uveitis, glaucoma, external eye problems and contact lens fitting. He has been in practice for more than 30 years in the Minneapolis area. Over the last 20 years, he has performed thousands of laser vision correction procedures. Internationally recognized as a leader in the field of refractive surgery, Dr. Sher serves as a consultant to industry and holds several patents related to laser vision correction. He has been a principal investigator for a number of equipment and pharmaceutical clinical trials, edited two textbooks, 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. Dr. Sher is an expert in medicolegal issues, involving ophthalmology and serves as a consulting expert regarding chemical exposures, toxic gas, ophthalmic disability, mass torts, and intellectual property cases involving ophthalmology. The U.S. Department of Justice, the Minnesota Supreme Court and some of the nation’s leading law firms and malpractice carriers have utilized Dr. Sher’s expertise. A native of New York, Dr. Sher received his M.D. degree with honors from Boston University at the age of 22. After his pediatric internship at the University of Minnesota Hospitals, he entered the U.S. Public Health Service. He completed his ophthalmology residency at the University of Minnesota and completed fellowship training for corneal and external eye disease at Moorfield's Eye Hospital (University of London) in the UK. In 1984, Dr. Sher and his colleagues at Eye Care Associates, became founding members of the renowned Phillips Eye Institute. Dr. Sher was one of the first surgeons in the world to perform laser vision correction. He made significant contributions to the initial research on excimer laser corneal surgery and participated in the earliest clinical trials of this new technology. In 1994, Dr. Sher was the first American to be awarded the prestigious Troutman Award by the International Society for Refractive Surgery for his work on the control of pain after PRK.He has served as a member of the Preferred Practice Patterns Panel of the American Academy of Ophthalmology for Refractive Errors and Refractive Surgery.

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LASIK Surgery

Ophthalmology

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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Neal Sher
LASIK Surgery 51 years experience
Depends: Steroid eye drops if taken for weeks can cause cataract and glaucoma. They are usually not a problem for a short term treatment for a number of eye ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neal Sher
LASIK Surgery 51 years experience
Light blockers: The intense light from the operating microscopes used in some type of eye surgeries have the potential to harm the delicate retina. The normal respon... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neal Sher
LASIK Surgery 51 years experience
See your doctor: Bloody discharge from the eye is unusual. It needs to be evaluated by an ophthalmologist.
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neal Sher
LASIK Surgery 51 years experience
Cornea versus lens: Keratoconus involves the cornea, the clear front part of the eye. The corneal collagen is abnormal and somewhat weaker. The cornea will not maintain... Read More
A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Neal Sher
LASIK Surgery 51 years experience
Need an exam: A bright flash of light, sometimes associated with floaters in one eye can be caused by the jelly portion of the eye (vitreous) collapsing or detachin... Read More
A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Neal Sher
LASIK Surgery 51 years experience
Probably: It may be contagious if you touch your eyes and then touch a surface of an object. If you wash your hands well and don't touch your eyes and use your... Read More
A 53-year-old male asked:
Dr. Neal Sher
LASIK Surgery 51 years experience
Needs eval by eye MD: Lattice degeneration is a degenerative lesion in the periphery of the retina. It is a relatively common problem but in a few people, can lead to re... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Neal Sher
LASIK Surgery 51 years experience
Blurred vision: It is hard to say why you have blurred vision. Some causes could include dry eye, refractive errors such as astigmatism or a number of conditions. Th... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Neal Sher
LASIK Surgery 51 years experience
Yes: You can become more nearsighted after LASIK. Most nearsighted people stabilize after age 30 but some continue to get a little more nearsighted. There ... Read More
A 61-year-old female asked:
Dr. Neal Sher
LASIK Surgery 51 years experience
Link to article: This article, although technical, gives a good overview. Here is the link. You might contact the authors for a referral. I hope this is helpful. ... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Neal Sher
LASIK Surgery 51 years experience
Blocked oil gland: These are usually plugged oil glands that can become inflamed. They are called chalazions or hordeolums. They may be painful. Hot packing will hel... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neal Sher
LASIK Surgery 51 years experience
Yes: The best number to use is sphere (sph). If you are nearsighted or myopic the number has a minus sign in front of it. The higher the number, the wors... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Neal Sher
LASIK Surgery 51 years experience
Retinal detachment: The retina is the light sensitive layer in the back of the eye that transmits images to the brain via the optic nerves to create vision. If a hole o... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neal Sher
LASIK Surgery 51 years experience
Sometimes: There are strict definitions of visual disability depending on the governmental agency ie. Social security etc. Visual loss measurement is complicate... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Neal Sher
LASIK Surgery 51 years experience
Your friend is wrong: There is no relationship between eye color and color vision. Lighter color eyes may be more light sensitive.
A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. Neal Sher
LASIK Surgery 51 years experience
Get an eye exam: The most common cause of eye twitching is eye fatigue and needing glasses. I suggest you get a complete eye exam.
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Neal Sher
LASIK Surgery 51 years experience
See ophthalmologist: This is usually the result of the vitreous (jelly portion of the inside of the eye) pulling on retina and causing bright light flashes. In view of yo... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Neal Sher
LASIK Surgery 51 years experience
Not unusual: The refractive state of each eye is frequently different. One eye may appear stronger and the other may be weaker for reading or for distance vision.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neal Sher
LASIK Surgery 51 years experience
It isn't: According to Web MD, eyeebright: when used directly on the eye, eyebright may not be safe and is not recommended. It can be contaminated and cause ey... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neal Sher
LASIK Surgery 51 years experience
Usually no cause: A broken blood vessel can cause a bright red blood spot on the white portion of the eye that look bad. They are called subconjunctival hemorrhages.... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neal Sher
LASIK Surgery 51 years experience
No treatment: Probably nothing. I am assuming you washed out the oil. If the blurred vision persists for more than a couple of days, see an eye doctor.
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Neal Sher
LASIK Surgery 51 years experience
No : It would be very unlikely. If you have nausea, vomiting lasting more than 24-48 hrs, call you physician for advice.
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Neal Sher
LASIK Surgery 51 years experience
Speak to surgeon: Probably nothing. A 0.5 diopter correction is small. Ask your surgeon
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neal Sher
LASIK Surgery 51 years experience
Yes: It is possible and many pilots have had laser vision correction. There are many different vision requirements for aviation from civilian, commercial ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neal Sher
LASIK Surgery 51 years experience
Depends: It depends on the cause. Sometimes there is swelling of the retina. It can occur after cataract surgery and other conditions such as macular degenera... Read More
A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. Neal Sher
LASIK Surgery 51 years experience
Yes: It is important that your eye pressure be monitored closely and that the visual fields and oct are tested are a regular basis. I suggest you see an o... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Neal Sher
LASIK Surgery 51 years experience
Lazy eye: More than likely, your weak eye is amblyopic or lazy. This occurs for several reasons in childhood. The two eyes may have a muscle imbalance or larg... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neal Sher
LASIK Surgery 51 years experience
Sometimes: A variant of the prk procedures, called ptk (phototherapeutic keratectomy) utilizes the same excimer laser and in some cases, can reduce or remove cor... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Neal Sher
LASIK Surgery 51 years experience
Bleach injury: Bleach injuries, depending on the concentration can cause inflammation and even permanent damage to the outer covering of the eye including the conjun... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neal Sher
LASIK Surgery 51 years experience
Don't use it: Stop using y our contact lenses and the clear care until you know the cause. It could be an allergy or an infection. See your eye doctor and get a... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neal Sher
LASIK Surgery 51 years experience
Corneal shape : Astigmatism is a very common refractive error of the eye. It is frequently seen in conjunction with nearsightedness and farsightedness. It is mostly... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neal Sher
LASIK Surgery 51 years experience
Very high percentage: The results depend on the starting point. Lower corrections get somewhat better results faster than higher corrections. In general, 90-98% of eyes w... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Neal Sher
LASIK Surgery 51 years experience
See your MD: As this has been a week, you should see your primary care MD immediately. Good luck
A 55-year-old male asked:
Dr. Neal Sher
LASIK Surgery 51 years experience
Warm water: The water should be a little warmer than body temperature. It needs to heat up the meibomian glands that are on the lid margins. Avoid water too hot ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neal Sher
LASIK Surgery 51 years experience
Lack of blinking: Lack of blinking can be caused by a facial injury to one of several of the cranial nerves. Lack of blinking can allow the delicate tissues of the fro... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neal Sher
LASIK Surgery 51 years experience
Eye glass measures: The sph is the sphere. This is the amount of nearsightedness or farsightedness, measured in units called diopter. Cyl is cylinder. This is the amou... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Neal Sher
LASIK Surgery 51 years experience
Probably allergic: It is most likely allergic conjunctivitis. Anti histamine eye drops work the best. There are a number of them available over the counter such as Op... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neal Sher
LASIK Surgery 51 years experience
Floaters: The sudden onset of floaters and flashing lights can indicate a retinal issue such as a retinal tear. Most, however are related to the jelly part of ... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Neal Sher
LASIK Surgery 51 years experience
Need an exam: The usual cause is eye strain and a need for glasses. You should get an a complete eye exam.
A female asked:
Dr. Neal Sher
LASIK Surgery 51 years experience
Don't pop it: Popping pimples can cause a serious infection and scarring. If you have a skin growth, see you family doctor. Most growths are not serious.
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Neal Sher
LASIK Surgery 51 years experience
Don't worry: There should not be any problem. Pushing and straining are ok. Check your vision, one eye at a time. If you do have any signs of retinal tears or de... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neal Sher
LASIK Surgery 51 years experience
No: In general, you would not be able to tell. Many eye conditions such as retinal detachment or macular degeneration do not have any outward abnormaliti... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Neal Sher
LASIK Surgery 51 years experience
No: Eye discharge should not smell bad. It may represent a bacterial infection and you should call your doctor for advice
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neal Sher
LASIK Surgery 51 years experience
See eye doctor: There is no way. It can be a serious issue. You need a thorough eye exam. Good luck
A female asked:
Dr. Neal Sher
LASIK Surgery 51 years experience
Blepharitis: Blepharitis is a common problem. It stems from inflammation of the small oil glands on your eyelids. This oil helps make up the tear film. The trea... Read More

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I highly recommend Dr. Sher. Is a fantastic surgeon and has an excellent reputation!! I would be happy to have any of my family members see Dr. Sher.
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Dr. Sher is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Sher is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Boston University School of Medicine
Graduated 1971MD

Residency

University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview

Residency

University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview

Awards

Troutman Award, International Society of Refractive Surgery
Top Lasik Surgeon, First Place, Minnesota - Summer
2013

Affiliations

American College of Surgeons
American Academy of Ophthalmology
American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
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