Our Providers

Ophthalmologists & LASIK Surgeons
Serving Chicago, River Forest,
Oak Park, Cicero, Naperville
& Nearby Illinois

You could say that ophthalmology runs in the Kirk family!

For more than 50 years, Kirk Eye Center has provided quality eye care to the greater Chicago area. Dr. Harold Kirk was the founder of the practice, which began in Oak Park before moving to its current location in River Forest.

In 1986, his sons, Doctors Scott and Kent Kirk, became the second generation of Kirk ophthalmologists when they joined their father in the opening of Kirk Eye Center’s River Forest location. In addition to a larger clinic, they built their free-standing ambulatory surgical center (ASC), one of the first licensed in the State of Illinois. In 2017 they purchased Dr. Walter Fried's practice in Gurnee, IL.

While he doesn’t have the “Kirk” last name, Dr. Dean Bauer is still a member of the Kirk Eye Center family! For more than 20 years, Dr. Bauer has helped our patients with their contact lens fittings and worked closely pre- and post-operatively with refractive patients.

Together, Dr. Scott Kirk, Dr. Kent Kirk, MD, and Dr. Dean Bauer are committed to offering every patient the best possible care. To learn more about each doctor, please take a look at their bios in the section below.

Dr. Kent Kirk of Kirk Eye Center Near Chicago, IL
Dr. Kent Kirk specializes in laser vision correction procedures, such as LASIK (Laser Assisted In-Situ Keratomileusis), PRK (photorefractive keratectomy) and Intacs, as well as Conductive Keratoplasty. Dr. Kirk also performs small-incision cataract surgery with intraocular lens implantation (... Learn More
Dr. Carter Kirk of Kirk Eye Center Near Chicago, IL
Dr. Carter Kirk specializes in cornea, external disease, and laser vision correction procedures. Dr. Kirk also performs small-incision cataract surgery with intraocular lens implantation. A Chicago native, Carter is a third-generation ophthalmologist. He attended Oak Park-River Forest High School,... Learn More
Dr. Tyler Kirk
After growing up immersed in a family devoted to eye care in the Chicagoland area, Tyler Kirk has returned to the practice where he watched his father, uncle, and grandfather care for patients as a boy. The oldest son of Dr. Scott H. Kirk, Tyler is the first of the third generation of Kirk... Learn More
Dr. Dean Bauer of Kirk Eye Center Near Chicago, IL
A staff member of Kirk Eye Center since 1990, Optometrist Dr. Dean Bauer specializes in contact lens fittings and works closely pre- and post-operatively with refractive patients. He has participated in several studies involving laser vision correction and is currently directing a study for... Learn More
Scott Kirk
A native Chicagoan, Scott Kirk was born in 1953, the same year his father, Dr. Harold Q. Kirk, began his ophthalmology practice in Oak Park, Illinois. With a father as a physician, Scott grew up immersed in medicine and in high school began working at West Suburban Hospital as an orderly and then... Learn More
Dr. Walter Fried of Kirk Eye Center Near Chicago, IL
Dr. Fried has been practicing in the North Lake County area for 40 years. He opened his private practice in Gurnee in 1979 and has been at his current location since 1984. Dr. Fried specializes in small-incision cataract surgery with intraocular lens implantation; refractive surgery, including... Learn More
Dr. Blake Horio of Kirk Eye Center Near Chicago, IL
Dr. Horio is board-certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology. He completed his residency of ophthalmology at Yale University's Department of Ophthalmology in New Haven, Connecticut, and a vitreo-retinal fellowship at Mount Sinai Medical Center and with Retina Associates of Cleveland in... Learn More