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Dr. Tyler Kirk

Meet Dr. Tyler Kirk

Dr. Tyler Kirk 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 had a cataract that needed removing for quite some time. I made an appointment for late December 2021. It is late January 2022 and I have had cataract surgery on both eyes. I cannot tell you how pleased I am with my entire experience at Kirk Eye Center. All of the helpers are super nice and proficient. My doctor was Dr. Kent Kirk and I am so pleased with the experience of his care. His 'favorite' word is beautiful regarding the healing process. Too cute and very encouraging. The surgeries themselves went super well, fast and efficiently. I can actually read without glasses for the first time in 60 years. I am totally satisfied with my entire experience at Kirk Eye Care."



"I can not praise Kirk Eye Center enough. I went in to have cataracts removed at age 30 and was amazed how friendly and inviting the staff was. I had to bring my son who is under a year old with me to a few appointments and even Dr. Scott Kirk wanted to play with him and make him giggle. I will definitely recommend this practice to anyone."



"Dr. Kathleen Scarpulla may be new with Kirk Eye Center, but she’s been in private practice for a long time. She performed my lasik surgery in 1999 and later did my cataract surgeries. Her competent staff has been consistent throughout the years, and annual eye appointments are thorough. Anyone considering Kirk Eye Center should be comfortable and confident that there is no better choice for their eye care than Dr. Scarpulla."



"I am so happy with the results of my first cataract surgery that I have already scheduled the one in my right eye. Everyone at Kirk is professional, compassionate, and wonderful."



"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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