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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 don’t think words can express the gratitude I feel towards Dr. Kirk and his incredible office and surgical staff for all that they did for me. I had ICL surgery done last month and it has been life changing.  Dr. Kirk was informative, helpful and answered every single question I had before and after surgery.  The timing of my recovery overlapped with some personal plans, and Dr. Kirk and his staff went out of their way to still schedule my first few appointments on days and/or times that they don’t normally schedule patients in order to ensure that everything looked and felt good after the procedure. I couldn’t believe how kind and thoughtful they all were. Not only am I still in awe of having perfect vision again, I will forever be grateful to Kirk Eye Center for everything they did for me. I highly recommend Dr. Kirk and the ICL surgery!"



"As a new patient, I had my first opportunity to visit the Gurnee, IL office of ophthalmologist, Dr. Tyler Quentin Kirk. It took some weeks to get the appointment, but I waited patiently and was rewarded this morning with a sense of calm that let me know I was in the right place. From the welcoming voices on the phone and at the front door; during my exams and explanations; to our good-byes, I would like to thank Dr. Kirk and his wonderful staff. Janely, my 'first responder,' with whom I spent the most time, and all the other girls who assisted me or with whom I interacted: Miki, Mary, Val, Wendy, and Julissa. Hope to see you soon."



"Dr Kent Kirk and the entire staff are amazing.They are caring, well organized and I had a fantastic resultMy sight in my right eye went from just barely being able to see the big E on the eye chart to 20/25 visionJust incredible!!!Thank you Dr Kent Kirk and staff I could not be happier Getting ready to do my second cataract surgery and I would NOT use anyone else but Kirk Eye Care!!!They know what they are doing and do eye care extremely well!!"



"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!"



"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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