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Eye care professionals specialize in understanding how the human eye really works, as well as diseases and conditions that affect your vision – many of which do not have obvious symptoms. Eye doctors know how age and risk factors affect vision over time for young and old, and they understand the benefits and features of corrective lenses including eyeglasses and contacts.

Our optometrists take the time to explain the results of your eye exam, describe your options and listen to your eye care needs. Because maintaining good eye health is an ongoing partnership, we encourage you to ask questions and share your health information, which could be vital to monitoring, diagnosing and treating potential vision problems.

Dr. Joe John Harper

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About:
 
Dr. Joe John Harper graduated from the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, TN. In 1979, he founded a small optometry practice in Ripley, TN, which would later become Harper Eye Center, PLLC. His clinical areas of interest include ocular disease and pathology. He is board certified by the American Board of Optometry (Diplomate). His hobbies include photography, sailing boats, and playing with his dog, Paris.
 
Education:
  • East Carolina University – Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
  • Southern College of Optometry – Doctorate of Optometry (O.D.)

Associations:

  • Member – American Optometric Association
  • Member – West Tennessee Optometric Society
  • Member – Tennessee Association of Optometric Physicians

Dr. Matthew Harper

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About:

Dr. Matthew Harper is a native of Ripley, TN. He is the only son of Dr. Joe and Melissa Harper. He joined the practice in 2010 after earning his doctorate in optometry at Salus University. His clinical areas of interest include ocular disease and contact lens fitting. In his spare time, he enjoys watching movies and spending time with his family.

Education:

  • University of Tennessee at Martin – Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Cum Laude
  • Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University – Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
  • Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University – Doctorate of Optometry (O.D.)

Associations:

  • Member – American Optometric Association
  • Member – West Tennessee Optometric Society
  • Member – Tennessee Association of Optometric Physicians