Meet Dr. Carter Kirk
Board-certified ophthalmologist Dr. Carter Kirk is a Chicago area native and is among the third generation of Kirk doctors at Kirk Eye Center. He is an expert in treating corneal disease and external eye disease. Dr. Kirk also specializes in performing small-incision cataract surgery with artificial intraocular lens implementation to help individuals achieve clearer vision. He works closely with his patients in River Forest and Gurnee, IL to provide top level of compassionate, personalized care.
Education and Training
Dr. Kirk earned his bachelor's degree from the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, VA. After that, he attended medical school at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. He completed his medical internship at West Suburban Medical Center in Oak Park, IL, followed by his residency in ophthalmology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Callahan Eye Hospital. He chose to further his training with a fellowship in cornea, external disease, and refractive surgery at Eye Consultants of Atlanta. Dr. Kirk is actively involved in clinical research and has presented his findings at the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) and the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO).
Dr. Kirk is a member of the following professional organizations:
- American Academy of Ophthalmology
- American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
- Cornea Society
In his free time, Dr. Kirk enjoys spending time with his wife, Nicole, and their three children. His other hobbies include staying active by running and playing tennis.
"I actually found Dr Kent Kirk at zocdoc.com, but the 5 star reviews on Yelp were very helpful. I found my vision getting cloudy and felt that I needed my eyes checked. I needed cataract surgery and Dr Kent Kirk performed that for me yesterday. The procedure took about 15 minutes and I felt no pain during the entire procedure. I had zero side effects: no inflammation, no infection, no swelling, no bleeding, no glaucoma or retinal problems. As I write today online, I can read the computer screen better now than with my glasses. At my followup visit today Dr Kent Kirk told me that everything was so successful that I could start driving again. No restrictions. I couldn't be more pleased. Dr Kent Kirk is the "Michael Jordan" of ophthalmologists. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! Update as of June 30, 2016: Dr Kent Kirk did my left eye yesterday and did the follow-up today and I now have near 20/20 vision in my left eye. I was able to read the 20/25 line and 2 of the 4 letters on the 20/20 line. He put a distance lens in my left eye and a reading lens in my right eye. I don't need glasses anymore. I couldn't be happier. Both surgeries were done to perfection. I can drive without glasses the day after my surgery. In addition, Medicare plus my supplement paid the entire cost of both surgeries. Update as of July 8, 2016: I read all 4 letters at the 20/20 line. 9 days after my surgery I am 20/20 after being horribly nearsighted before the surgery."
"My spouse and I have had excellent outcomes with the professional staff and a special thanks to Dr. Kent Kirk."
"Dr. Kent Kirk performed cataract surgery in both of my eyes within the past 6 weeks. My eyes were so bad before that I don't think my prescription could have gotten much stronger. Now, after the surgeries, I have 20/20 vision! It is a miracle! I can see everything without my glasses for the first time in my entire life! The surgery was very fast and easy. I never had any pain of any kind. I was driving by the day following surgery, and a week later it's like it never happened - except that I can see! I did get something in my eye a couple hours after my surgery and when I went back to the office they were closed. Dr. Tyler Kirk was still in the surgery center and he came over and cleaned my eye and got whatever it was out. That was very much appreciated. This is a place where everyone cares. From Trevor who schedules your surgery and takes care to listen to your needs, to Dr. Kirk who is tremendously skilled at what he does, to all the wonderful nurses in the surgery center who make sure you are comfortable every minute you're there (they gave me extra blankets and a mint chocolate to eat!), they are all so very nice! The only thing I regret is that now I won't get to visit with Mimi and Robin in the eyeglass department who made sure I've had the perfect glasses for so many years!"
"I've been a patient here since the 90's and have always been pleased with the care I received. I just had my annual appointment with Dr.Carter Kirk, the third generation of Kirks. Dr. Carter is exceptionally well trained and his communication style is instills confidence that he understands exactly what you are saying and describing. As a communicator, his listening skills are exceptional. Highly recommend Dr. Carter Kirk."
"i purchased my first pair of reading glasses at Kirk Eye Center which isn't exactly a great day in the aging process! but it was great with the professional and easy to work with optical staff. they really helped me find a great pair of glasses at a very reasonable price. The doctors really care about their patients and the community and that is why it is a three generation practice. your in good hands at Kirk Eye!"
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