3477 Grand Avenue, Gurnee, IL 60031


Walter I. Fried, Ph.D., M.D.

Specialties: Cataract Surgery, Refractive Surgery, General Ophthalmology

Dr. Walter I. Fried, Ph.D., M.D.

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 specialized in small-incision cataract surgery with intraocular lens implantation, and refractive surgery, including excimer laser correction of nearsightedness and astigmatism, and Conductive Keratoplasty for presbyopia. Now a senior physician, he has decided to refer his patients who need surgery to the eminently qualified Kirk family. However, he still takes great pleasure in advising patients on their options for surgical procedures.

He enjoys practicing medical ophthalmology and is especially interested in evaluating and treating patients with symptoms of allergy and dry eyes.

Dr. Fried earned both his Ph.D. in physics, and M.D. at the University of Miami in Florida. He completed his medical training in Chicago with a medical internship at Michael Reese Hospital and an ophthalmic residency at the University of Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary. He has written numerous scientific/medical research papers on physics, medical instrumentation and clinical ophthalmology. He holds a patent on an ophthalmic surgical microscope. He has participated in numerous phase III clinical trials of medications reported to the FDA as part of the official determinations to get these pharmaceuticals approved for prescription use.

A board-certified ophthalmologist, Dr. Fried also is a Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. He also maintains memberships in the Outpatient Ophthalmic Surgery Society; American College of Eye Surgeons; American Medical Association; Lake County Medical Society; and the Optical Society of America. In addition, he has served as a clinical assistant professor of ophthalmology at the University of Illinois Eye and  Ear Infirmary and clinical assistant professor of surgery at Chicago Medical School.

Scott H. Kirk, M.D.

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 as a scrub technician in the operating room before spending his summers working as an assistant in his father’s practice.

Scott attended Oak Park-River Forest High School where he was a three year letter winner in gymnastics. In 1971, he entered the University of Illinois where he majored in Zoology. At the University, he was on the Cheerleading squad and was elected captain of the squad his junior year. After completion of three years at the University of Illinois, he applied early to medical school and was accepted to Washington University in St. Louis.

In 1978, he received his Doctor of Medicine degree from Washington University and that same year married Jean Saline, his former cheerleading partner. Together they moved to Birmingham, Alabama where Scott served a surgical internship at Carraway Methodist Medical Center. The following year, Scott returned to Washington University to begin his ophthalmology residency. Upon completion of his residency, he returned to Oak Park, Illinois to join his father in private practice.

Scott, the oldest, has two brothers and one sister who are all Ophthalmologists. Dr. Todd Kirk has his own practice on the south side of Chicago, while his sister Dr. Ann and her husband Doug (also an ophthalmologist) practice in Hammond, Indiana. Dr. Kent, upon completion of his medical training, also joined his father’s practice.

In 1986, the Kirk Eye Center, consisting of Dr. Harold, Dr. Scott and Dr. Kent moved from Oak Park to the present location in River Forest. 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. Today, Dr. Scott’s practice is general ophthalmology and he performs general eye exams, diagnosis and treatment of the eye including cataract surgery, glaucoma surgery, Blepharoplasty, and Botox injections.

The third generation of Kirk are following in the family tradition and pursing their studies in medicine. Tyler, the oldest of Scott’s five children, joined the Kirk Eye Center in July 2012 after completion of a one year fellowship in Glaucoma. Allison (Babiuch) is completing her ophthalmology residency at Louisiana State University in New Orleans, while Spencer is studying medicine at the University of Illinois – Chicago at Rush Medical Center. Carter is completing medical school at Georgetown in Washington, D.C. and will soon begin his ophthalmology residency at the University of Alabama – Birmingham and Marianne, the youngest, has completed her undergraduate degree at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee and is now pursuing a Nursing degree with plans to seek her Nurse Practitioner license.

Tyler Kirk, M.D.

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 ophthalmologists.

Tyler grew up in River Forest, and attended Oak Park-River Forest High School where he was an all-state cross country runner and lettered in track and cross country all four years. He then studied history at the second oldest college in America, 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 preeminent Civil War professors at UVA.

After eight years in Virginia, Tyler moved farther South to complete is 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 under the tutelage of world-renown surgeon, Garry P. Condon, 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 accepted for publication into the Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery.

Tyler is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Society for Cataract and Refractive Surgery, the American Glaucoma Society, and the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology. He brings an enthusiasm for treating difficult and advanced glaucoma and anterior segment pathology to the Kirk Eye Center, and is proud to carry on the family tradition begun by his grandfather, Harold Q. Kirk. In his free time Tyler likes to remain active, enjoying distance running, cycling, and tennis. He continues to study history, and is active in his church.

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