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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.


"I want to thank Dr. Tyler Kirk for his excellent care of my eyes. I began as a glaucoma patient and have gradually developed cataracts in both eyes. Dr. Kirk’s care in removing my cataracts has restored my vision to 20/20 and glaucoma pressures have been reduced significantly. The communication is thorough for any and all procedures. I highly recommend Dr. Tyler Kirk for eye care."



"Dr Kent Kirk was very professional and explained all issues in an easy to comprehend manner. The cataract surgery went smoothly"



"My husband had an amazing experience here! The consult was about an hour and a half where they review everything about your eyes and make sure you're a candidate. They will then have you meet with the scheduler afterwards to discuss cost and scheduling (if you're ready). The day of the surgery was great! He was there for about an hour and a half, didn't feel any pain and was back to 20/20 that same day! Couldn't recommend Dr Kirk any higher!"



"Dr. Scott Kirk performed my cataract surgery with a multifocal lens. The procedure was painless and the results were significantly better than I could have imagined. I can’t even remember how long it has been since my eyesight was this great. A huge thank you to Dr. Kirk and his team of professionals."



"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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