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Dr. Carter Kirk

Meet Carter Kirk, MD

Board-certified ophthalmologist Carter Kirk, MD 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).

Professional Memberships

Dr. Kirk is a member of the following professional organizations:

  • American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
  • Cornea Society

Personal Life

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 had LASIK done at Kirk Eye Center and had a fantastic experience. They did a thorough exam before the surgery and we’re able to schedule a time that worked for me. On the day of LASIK I was really nervous but the staff was very positive and made me feel at ease. Dr. Kent Kirk did a fabulous job. He comes to chat with you before the surgery to give a run down and made me feel so much less nervous. They use the most up to date LASIK machines and the process was so simple. I was in and out in less than an hour and they took great care of me. I went home and slept as they recommended and woke up being able to see perfectly! I am so happy I decided to get LASIK and more importantly that I chose Kirk Eye Center. They’re the best of the best (I looked into 3 other places as well)."



"I’ve been coming here for over 20 years. The doctors, especially Dr Kent Kirk, are just exceptional in their craft, follow through and patient care. I can’t recommend them enough. Truly exceptional!"



"I had a great experience at Kirk with my Lasik surgery. They were able to schedule me quickly for both the consultation and actual surgery. Joyce was super helpful and very responsive with communication. The actual procedure was quick and they made me feel very comfortable and safe. 1 week out - I'm so glad I did Lasik and and so glad I went to Kirk Eye Center!"



"Wonderful service and I had great results with my LASIK. The staff is all friendly and the doctor (Dr Kirk) is so personable and helpful. Would highly recommend!"



"Great overall experience with my Lasik procedure for both my eyes. Dr. Kirk & the staff were fantastic throughout the entire process. I'm so pumped that I don't have to wear contacts or glasses ever again!"



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