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With over 30 of years of patient care we offer a full service eye care center for your entire family.
Our team of professionals is dedicated to preserving, restoring and enhancing your sight by providing the highest level of eye care possible.

Since 1977 when Dr. James A. Murphy began practicing in St. Joseph, Missouri, we have been providing patients with personalized and attentive eye care. At Murphy-Watson-Burr Eye Center, it is our professional commitment and each staff member’s personal goal to see that you and your family receive quality care in a pleasant and efficient atmosphere. Murphy-Watson-Burr Eye Center has 2 offices in Northwest Missouri staffed by 3 board-certified ophthalmologists (medical doctors who perform eye surgery) and 4 board-certified doctors of optometry (eye doctors who specialize in prescribing glasses and contact lenses and who also treat many medical eye conditions).

We have a staff of more than 50 support personnel, many of whom have been employed for more than 20 years and have achieved specialty certification in assisting eye physicians. We are proud that most of our new patients come to us by referral from other physicians in the community and current patients of the practice. We realize that you have many options for eye care in Northwest Missouri. Thank you for choosing Murphy-Watson-Burr Eye Center.

Regardless of Your Eye Condition We Can Help

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Meet Our Doctors

Murphy-Watson-Burr Eye Center offers total family eye care ranging from comprehensive eye exams for all ages to advanced no-stitch cataract and LASIK surgery. We treat everyone from infants to adults, offering quality eye care and patient-focused service.

How We Can Help You See Better

We take the time to provide a very thorough diagnosis of your eyes and listen to your concerns
Our eye doctors and staff provide an exceptional patient experience with attention to detail.
The team is dedicated to achieving optimal surgical outcomes through precision, expertise, and personalized care.

Our Services

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Cataract Surgery

You will be using your new eyesight every waking moment for the rest of your life. Please take as much time as needed to consult with us as well as your family. Our surgeons, technicians and coordinators are available to help you make the best decision.

Things to think about before cataract surgery:

  1. How should I prepare for my cataract surgery?
  2. What type of lens implant would be best for me after cataract surgery, a monofocal, astigmatism correcting or full focus multifocal lens implant?
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Your Vision. Your Way.

The Light Adjustable Lens™ (LAL®) is the first and only lens that can be customized after cataract surgery—because we believe your vision should be exactly what you want. Now you can experience your vision, then refine it. So your vision will truly be yours.

With other lenses, you have to make a lot of decisions about the vision you want before your cataract surgery. Once implanted, those lenses can’t be changed; they’re what’s known as “fixed.”

The Light Adjustable Lens, however, is an adjustable lens. This means that the only decision you have to make before your surgery is to choose the Light Adjustable Lens. The rest can be made after your surgery once your eye has healed.

You and your surgeon then have the ability to adjust the lens and optimize your vision based on your unique preferences and lifestyle requirements. So you will truly have vision that’s just for you.

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What Our Patients Say

"Dr. Burr operated on my cataracts and he did a fantastic job! Both eyes see perfectly…I’ve never seen this well since I was a child! I’m so impressed with Dr. Burr and his staff. I would highly recommend this doctor and his staff."

Melodye Hathaway
"Dr Murphy and his team are wonderful. I am so very happy with the results of my cataract surgery. I highly recommend them."

Della Horstman
"Staff was great, made sure I was doing okay before the eye lid surgery and after. Dr. Scott Murphy did an amazing job, cannot believe how much better I can see now that my eye lids are not in the way. Thank you Doctor Murphy and staff. recommend this eye center."

Rilda M Weese
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At Murphy Watson Burr Eye Center, we carry an extensive variety of eyeglass frames for your entire family. From value packages to designer frames, we have eyewear for every budget and lifestyle.

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5202 Faraon St.
St. Joseph, MO 64506

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610 Lana Dr.
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