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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.


"Although I am fairly young, for some reason my eyes started to develop cataracts. Getting to a point when driving my car became a dangerous adventure, after a thorough search on internet I have opted for cataract surgery at Kirk Eye Center. I wasn’t disappointed, everything there was top notch! Starting from the receptionists to the nurses, I was always treated in a very professional and courteous manner. Many thanks to Ms Joyce Wolter, the surgery manager who helped me going through all the paperwork and dealed with my insurance! She made everything look easy to me! All my life since childhood I’ve had poor vision but now after my right eye surgery I have 20/20 vision! It feels like I am reborn, all these vibrant colors and multitude of details I have never been aware before! Thank you from the bottom of my heart, Dr Scott Kirk! You gave me the best gift! We all take for granted the vision and we realize that only after we lose it! Note: I have opted for premium IOL’s, I wanted for my eyes the best I can get. They are quite expensive and not covered by insurance, but I can personally state that they worth every penny! I cannot wait for the left eye surgery a week from today!"



"I came here because of rapidly declining vision in my right eye. I was assigned to Dr. Kent Kirk (one of several of the family of Dr. Kirks in this practice) and was absolutely amazed at the quality of the care I received here! Dr. Kent spent nearly an hour (!) with me carefully examining my eyes, asking questions about my health history, diagnosing my condition (which fortunately was treatable), answered ALL my questions and fears, and made real sure I left with the eyedrops and Rx for supplements I needed to care for my condition. When is the last time a doctor spent an hour with you?! He has a kind, gentle chairside manner, reassuring me in no uncertain terms that my vision was 100% fine and just needed some TLC. I returned today for my follow-up and got the green light to resume using my contact lenses, and I couldn't be happier! His treatment worked beautifully! I strongly recommend this caring and highly professional family-owned practice to everybody. And they even took my insurance! How sweet is that!"



"Great doctor and excellent staff. This is truly a professional operation and you feel that you’re in good hands throughout the procedure. Highly recommend!"



"Very good procedure and quick results. Į would highly recomend Dr. Tyler Kirk for eye procedures. Surgical center was very organized."



"I came here for LASIK not long ago and I had an incredible experience! All of the staff were wonderful, the consultation process was thorough and tailored to my individual situation, and it was easy to get in contact with someone if I had questions. The process of getting LASIK at the surgery center was also great, all of the staff I interacted with were awesome and I felt like I was in good hands the whole time. I left with all of my questions answered, and I felt fully prepared to take care of myself post-procedure. I was really appreciative that Dr. Kirk called me later on in the evening to check in and make sure that the acute post-op period went smoothly, and I know who to call if I ever do need anything from them in the coming months. Overall, I would definitely recommend Kirk Eye Center and the surgery center, and I had a very positive experience!"



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