Dr. Tyler Kirk

LASIK & Cataract Surgeons serving Gurnee, River Forest & Chicago

A board-certified, fellowship-trained ophthalmologist specializing in cataract and glaucoma surgery, Tyler Q. Kirk, MD, is the oldest son of Dr. Scott H. Kirk and the first of the third generation of Kirk ophthalmologists. Tyler serves patients at our Gurnee and River Forest clinics. Enthusiastic about embracing the rapid innovations in cataract and glaucoma surgery, Dr. Tyler is happy to offer our patients the latest options in minimally invasive glaucoma surgery, laser-assisted cataract surgery, and complex cataract management.


Tyler grew up in River Forest and attended Oak Park-River Forest High School, where he was an all-state cross country runner. He then studied history at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. His major area of interest was Tudor-Stuart England, and he studied the English Civil War at New College, Oxford University.

Tyler graduated magna cum laude from William and Mary, and was inducted into the original chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. He also continued his athletic interests, lettering in track and cross country three years and earning all-conference honors on the track in the 10,000 meters and twice in cross country.

Following graduation, Tyler entered medical school at the University of Virginia. It was there that he began to show greater interest in ophthalmology, publishing research in several journals, including the American Journal of Ophthalmology, speaking at the Virginia Society of Ophthalmology, and presenting his research at the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) annual meetings.

Serving in leadership roles within his medical school class, Tyler was inducted into the Raven Society – Virginia’s oldest and highest honor society.

In his free time, Tyler took up marathon running, placing 50th in the 2004 Boston Marathon, and developed an appreciation for Civil War medical history, which he studied independently with history professors at UVA.

Post-Graduate & Professional

After eight years in Virginia, Tyler completed his internship and residency training in ophthalmology at the University of Mississippi in Jackson. Here Tyler served as chief resident, and developed special interests in cataract and the glaucomas. Seeking additional training in these areas, Tyler spent a fellowship year in glaucoma and complex cataract surgery under the tutelage of Garry P. Condon, MD, at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Here Tyler helped develop novel surgical techniques which were presented at the 2012 American Glaucoma Society meeting, and published in the Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery.

Tyler is board-certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Society for Cataract and Refractive Surgery, and the American Glaucoma Society. He instructs at cataract surgery skills transfer courses each year at the American Academy of Ophthalmology Annual Meeting, and finds joy in serving with Surgical Eye Expeditions on annual short-term cataract surgery mission trips in Bolivia and Peru. As a third-generation ophthalmologist at Kirk Eye, Dr. Tyler is proud to follow and carry on the family tradition begun by his grandfather, Dr. Harold Q. Kirk.

In his free time Tyler likes to remain active. He has completed Ironman Wisconsin twice, and enjoys distance running, cycling, and crossfit.