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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.


"Gurnee Kirk is my "go to home office". Recently had the Femto/Lasik cataract surgery at the surgical center in River Forest. I cannot begin to tell you how professional and yet personal everyone was I came in contact with. From the doctors and technicians, to staff and even the terrific van driver. Everything went so smoothly and I was informed every inch of the way in a very successful procedure. Even the followups being turned over to my long time Optometrist just down the street from me. Five stars is not enough... twenty or more is necessary. Choose Kirk Eye Center, you'll always be grateful you did. Darrell May, Antioch IL."



"This is absolutely no exaggeration. Dr Tyler Kirk saved my right eye. He is the reason I have vision in that eye. I will be a Kirk Eye Center customer for life!"



"This is the second time I’ve been to Kirk Eye Center on Harlem. I could not be more pleased. I’ve never had to wait more than a minute or 2 after I arrive. Everyone is friendly and helpful. I’ve seen the technician Rose and Dr Kirk Jr both times and enjoyed being assisted by both. There is even plenty of parking. Glad to have them caring for my diabetic and other needs"



"I knew that eventually I would need Cataract surgery. I attempted to find a surgeon, but I was disappointed with reviews until I changed my eye doctor to Dr Crawford in Antioch who agreed that I would benefit from surgery and recommended Kirk Eye Center in Gurnee. My experience has been nothing short of miraculous. The appointments were prompt and professional. The procedure was PAINLESS, and recovery has been free of any problems! The results exceeded my expectations. In my closet, I can tell the difference between Navy and black. I don't need a flashlight to see the floor in my car. I can see the back of my cabinets. Under the exceptional operation and continuing support, I receive from Dr. Kirk and Dr. Crawford, I am extremely pleased with the outcoming!"



"Superior Optical Care - We have been with Kirk Eye Center since the 1980's, receiving care from Dr. Kent Kirk and his father before him. Dr 'Kent' has continue to provide care to our family. He is knowledgeable, compassionate, and conservative in provision of a patient's care. As our needs have changed we have been able to count on Dr. Kent Kirk to provide cutting edge care for our eyes. I would recommend him to anyone seeking an exceptional ophthalmologist. "



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