Dr. Carter Kirk

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).

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 cataract surgery at Kirk Eye Center. Dr Carter was my surgeon and for follow up I saw both Dr Kent and Dr Scott. I had a great experience not only with doctors but all the staff as well. They are all very friendly and professional. My experience exceeded all my expectations and my vision is better than it’s been since I was a child. I highly recommend Kirk Eye center."



"The people at Kirk , including the bus driver were all professional, kind and patient. The day of the procedure was exactly as they described. Having the option to take the bus was wonderful. All the follow up visits were timely and again greeted with friendly, experienced people. The doctor explained everything and allowed time for any questions. I would recommend Kirk."



"I needed cataract surgery and was referred to Kirk Eye Center. Everyone at both the Gurnee office and the surgery center were fantastic. Like most people, I was very nervous about getting eye surgery done. The staff at Kirk Eye Center are very caring professionals and put me at ease about the surgery. Thanks to Dr. Tyler I can now see better than I ever did before. I highly recommend Kirk Eye Center."



"I had cataract surgery about 2 weeks ago. I was nervous but they calmed me down and everything went great. Everyone was so nice and caring. My vision is great now and there was nothing to be nervous about. For me it was a painless procedure. I recommend Kirk Eye Center if you need vision care. I am happy with my results. Jan"



"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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