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Dr. Tyler Kirk

Meet Tyler Kirk, MD

Tyler Kirk, MD is a board-certified, fellowship-trained ophthalmologist specializing in the latest surgical options to treat cataracts and glaucoma. He became the third generation of Kirk family eye specialists when he joined Kirk Eye Center in 2012. He is honored to be able to work alongside several of his family members to carry on the legacy of excellent ophthalmology care started by his grandfather, Dr. Harold Q. Kirk. Working at both the River Forest and Gurnee, IL clinics, Dr. Kirk specializes in minimally invasive glaucoma surgery (MIGS), as well as customized cataract management, including laser cataract surgery. He is enthusiastic about embracing the newest surgical innovations so he can continue to provide his patients with their best possible vision and eye health.

Education and Training

Dr. Kirk graduated magna cum lade from the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, VA before earning his doctor of medicine degree from the University of Virginia. He completed his internship and residency in ophthalmology at the University of Mississippi. During his time as chief resident, he developed a heightened interest in cataracts and glaucoma. He furthered his ophthalmology training with a fellowship year at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA where he gained additional experience in glaucoma and complex cataract surgery. During this time, he assisted with developing new surgical techniques, which were published in the Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery.

Research and Development

During medical school, Dr. Kirk published research in several journals, including the American Journal of Ophthalmology. He presented his work during annual meetings for both the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) and the Virginia Society of Ophthalmology.

Professional Memberships

Dr. Kirk is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology. He is also proud to be a member of the following societies:

  • American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • American Glaucoma Society

Personal Life

In his spare time, Dr. Kirk enjoys distance running, CrossFit, and cycling. He completed the IRONMAN Wisconsin twice and has run multiple marathons. In 2004, he placed 50th in the Boston Marathon. He and his wife, Kerry, have been married since 2019.


"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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