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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.


"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!"



"Superior Optical Care - We have been with Kirk Eye Center since the 1980's, receiving care from Dr. Kent Kirk and his father before him. Dr 'Kent' has continue to provide care to our family. He is knowledgeable, compassionate, and conservative in provision of a patient's care. As our needs have changed we have been able to count on Dr. Kent Kirk to provide cutting edge care for our eyes. I would recommend him to anyone seeking an exceptional ophthalmologist. "



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