About Us

LASIK & Cataract Surgeons serving Gurnee, River Forest & Chicago

For more than 50 years, Kirk Eye Center has been the premier choice for eye care in the Chicago area. Our mission is to provide you with the highest quality of medical and surgical eye care using only the latest and best techniques and technology. We strive to make every visit as comfortable as possible, welcoming you into an environment that is caring, safe and attentive.

While many of our patients choose Kirk Eye Center for its broad range of eye care services, highly-skilled team of doctors, advanced technology and state of the art surgical facility, it is our commitment to patient-focused care that truly sets us apart.

If you have vision needs, please contact either of Kirk Eye Center’s two locations. To reach our facility in River Forest, call 708-771-3334. For our Gurnee office, please call 847-249-4660. We welcome patients from Cicero and other Chicago communities.

Kirk Eye Center - Front desk & optical shop | River Forest IL

Complete Vision Care

Whatever your vision needs are, Kirk Eye Center has the experience, equipment and techniques to meet them. Our skilled team of doctors provides a comprehensive breadth of care with multiple specialties, including:

Our History

Kirk Eye Center was founded in 1955 by Dr. Harold Kirk. He was joined by his sons in the '80s; Dr. Scott Kirk in 1982 and Dr. Kent Kirk in 1985. Today, a third generation of Kirk family doctors, Dr. Tyler Kirk and Dr. Carter Kirk, has joined our practice and we look forward to a fourth generation of Kirks joining us in the future.

Although Dr. Walter Fried and Dr. Dean Bauer do not have the Kirk last name, they are valuable additions to our Kirk Eye Center family. Dr. Walter Fried has more than 35 years of ophthalmology experience and Dr. Dean Bauer is a skilled optometrist with more than 20 years of experience.

Having a multi-generational practice provides us with a valuable blend of the time-honored techniques and innovative ideas. The extensive medical experience of our older doctors is balanced by the infusion of fresh passion of our younger doctors.

The practice now comprises a team of 8 ophthalmology, optometry and oculoplastic specialists. This allows you to stay with our practice for general eye care and vision correction, as well as all of your changing eye care needs that can arise due to aging, disease and trauma. Our practice has grown to include two locations: River Forest and Gurnee, Illinois.

Our Commitment to You

The key to Kirk Eye Center’s 50 years of continued success has been our unwavering commitment to providing every patient with successful outcomes while offering compassionate patient care. That commitment is why we continually invest in the most advanced exam and treatment technology available.

It’s the reason why we continue to research and perfect our treatment protocols. It’s the reason why we insist that our on-site surgical facility meets the highest standards of comfort, safety and efficiency. All of these elements lead to better results for you.

On-Site Ambulatory Surgical Center

Kirk Eye Center’s ambulatory surgical center is one of the first licensed, Medicare-approved outpatient facilities devoted solely to eye care surgery in the Chicago area. Established in 1986, it offers same-day outpatient surgical care, providing patients with comprehensive services conveniently located within our main facility in River Forest.

Operating table at equipment in The Surgery Center of River Forest | Kirk Eye Center

The River Forest Surgery Center is fully accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC). This accreditation requires a stringent assessment and thorough review by AAAHC surveyors. The analysis, peer review and professional consultation ensure our center provides the highest standards of safety and care.

Our ambulatory surgical center features:

  • Fully equipped, state-of-the-art operating rooms
  • Advanced laser technology
  • A compassionate, patient-oriented staff
  • Comfortable waiting areas for patients and relatives
  • Convenient parking, fully adjacent to the facility

Medical Missions

Throughout the world, cataracts are the leading cause of treatable blindness. The World Health Organization estimates that more than 20 million people across the globe are currently impacted by this condition. Unfortunately, proper cataract treatment isn’t easily accessible for people in many parts of the world.

Members of the Kirk Eye Center team on a medical mission to Peru

Several members of the Kirk Eye Center family have worked with faith-based humanitarian organizations to offer care in an effort to preserve and restore sight for people in underserved nations and communities at home and abroad.

For the past six years, Dr. Kent Kirk has traveled to Peru on medical missions, helping individuals blinded by cataracts. Dr. Tyler Kirk has gone on similar missions to Bolivia for the past four years. Dr. Scott Kirk has conducted medical mission work in Namibia, in Southern Africa.

Our doctors and staff are truly honored to provide our services to help people in need. We look forward to continuing our charitable services and mission work in the future.

Contact Kirk Eye Center Today

If you live in the Chicago area and want to learn more about how Kirk Eye Center can help you achieve and maintain optimal ocular health, please contact us today. To reach our River Forest office, please call 708-771-3334. You can call our Gurnee location at 847-249-4660.