Dr. Kent Kirk

Meet Dr. Kent Kirk

Dr. Kent Kirk 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. Dr. Kent Kirk 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 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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