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Dean A. Bauer, O.D.

Optometrist in Downers Grove, Illinois

“Being a kid with myopia (nearsightedness), I was always at the eye doctor. Helping people to see, left a lasting impression on me. As the boundaries expand with eye care, I really love what I do!”

Dr. Bauer received his Doctor of Optometry degree in 1985 from the Illinois College of Optometry. Upon graduation, he became a member at Rush-Presbyterian St. Luke’s Eye Center in Chicago, instructing ophthalmology residents until 1990, when Dr. Bauer joined Kirk Eye Center, performing the pre and post-operative care for refractive and cataract patients. Dr. Bauer specializes in contact lens fittings, excelling in Keratoconus fittings, and has been named one of the top 100 Keratoconus contact lens fitting specialists by the Synergeyes Contact Lens Company!

Currently, Dr. Bauer is splitting his time between Kirk Eye Center and Midwest Eye. Dr. Bauer is a member of the American Optometric Association and the Illinois Optometric Association.

Dr. Bauer joins a group of ophthalmologists through Friends and Family on an annual trip to Peru to assist in pre- and post-operative care of cataract patients and to treat diseased eyes. “90% of the world’s blind live in developing countries, and 80 % of all visual impairment can be prevented, treated or cured. Knowing these statistics, I consider it my privilege to assist in helping my patients both here and abroad to be able to see.”

Dr. Bauer resides in Batavia and is the father of 2 young men. During his “down” time he can be found cooking (he is a great cook!), running 5K’s, skiing, and he is going to attempt to repel a tall building in Chicago (to raise money for cancer research) in the future!
World Health Organization (WHO). Blindness: Visual Impairment and Blindness