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Dr. Kent Kirk

Meet Kent Kirk, MD

Kent Kirk, MD is a board-certified ophthalmologist in River Forest and Gurnee, IL specializing in laser vision correction procedures, including LASIK and PRK, as well as traditional and laser cataract surgery. He joined the Kirk Eye Center team in 1986 to work in clinical and surgical ophthalmology alongside his late father, Dr. Harold Q. Kirk, a leader in ophthalmology who founded the practice in the 1950s. Kent Kirk, MD is honored to maintain his father's commitment to the successful eye and vision outcomes and service-oriented care. Dr. Kirk utilizes advanced techniques and a compassionate approach as he helps his patients attain their best vision.

Education and Training

Dr. Kirk received his bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and attained his doctor of medicine degree at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. He completed his internship at Evanston Hospital in Evanston, IL, followed by an ophthalmology residency at Washington University in St. Louis. He formerly served as an associate clinical professor of ophthalmology at the Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary in Chicago.

Professional Memberships

Dr. Kirk holds memberships in the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the Society for Excellence in Eyecare and the Outpatient Ophthalmic Surgery Society.


"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!"



"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!"



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