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Dr. Dean Bauer

Meet Dean Bauer, OD

Board-certified optometrist Dean Bauer, OD joined Kirk Eye Center in 1990 as a dedicated expert in contact lens fittings. He also performs refractive exams to detect and diagnose eye disease and works closely with patients both before and after cataract and refractive surgery. Having grown up as a nearsighted child, Dr. Bauer remembers many visits to the eye doctor, which inspired his own interest in helping individuals see better. He finds great joy in helping his patients gain improved vision and eye health using advanced techniques.

Education and Training

Dr. Bauer graduated from Central Michigan University in 1981 and completed optometry school at the Illinois College of Optometry in 1985. From 1982 – 1984, he was on staff at the Northwestern University Faculty Foundation Eye Center, followed by the West Side Veterans Administration Hospital in 1985. After graduation, he began practicing optometry at Rush-Presbyterian St. Luke's Medical Center, specializing in contact lenses, glaucoma, and other eye diseases.

Professional Memberships

Dr. Bauer maintains active membership in the American Optometric Association and the Illinois Optometric Association.

Personal Life

Dr. Bauer makes annual mission trips to Peru to assist with surgical sight restoration in patients who may not otherwise have access to care. In his free time, Dr. Bauer enjoys spending time with his two sons, along with cooking, running, and skiing.


"I had Lasik on both eyes after wearing Glasses for 20 years. The staff at Kirk Eye Center was incredibly kind and accommodating! The procedure went smoothly and I am delighted to have ended my dependence on glasses."



"I CAN SEE AGAIN !! This is the first review I have ever written, but very well deserving. Excellent care from the receptionists to the technicians to obviously the doctors. The receptionists were very accommodating in scheduling appointments. The technicians explained what each test determined, while the doctor determined and implemented the correct action. Cataract surgery was successful, pain free, and stress free as I was sedated. Results were back to 20/20 vision. I would highly recommend Kirk Eye Center."



"My exam finished an hour after they closed. They told me they were still open so that I wouldn’t feel guilty. My eyes don’t work together. They referred me to a specialist and gave me a new sharp prescription. It’s a good news/ bad news thing. 10/10Highly Recommended. Everyone treated me well. I was one giant panic attack and they were great with me."



"(Translated by Google) I am a patient of Dr. Kathleen Scarpulla for several years. Thank you Dr. for professionalism. I am happy to be her patient. (Original) Jestem pacjentka Dr. Kathleen Scarpulla od kilkunastu lat .Dziękuje Dr .za profesjonalizm. Jestem zadowolona za jestem jej pacjentka."



"Kirk Eye Center in River Forest is an excellent business. The receptionists that check you in are very friendly and down to earth. The facility is clean and professional. Dr Carter is knowledgeable, patient focused, friendly, and very helpful. Dr Bauer is also down to earth, kind, and has a ton of experience helpful patients. The women who check you out at the end of your visit are always very friendly and personal. I have nothing but good things to say about this Eye Center. Richard Falbo"



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