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Our Doctors

Dr. Riaz Ahmed

Optometrist
Dr. Ahmed has over 20 years of experience in eye disease management and primary clinical eye care. Having graduated from the University of Alberta in 1993 with a Gold Medal for the highest mark in the faculty of Science, Dr. Ahmed went on to the University of Waterloo to obtain a degree in Optometry. He did an Ocular Disease externship at the Barnet-Dulaney Eye Care Center in Phoenix, Arizona, where he developed a passion for the medical side of the profession. Once again graduating top of the faculty, Dr. Ahmed decided to move back to Alberta and put his skills to work in a medical setting with a local ophthalmologist. He opened Mission Eye Care in 2005 with the vision to be the one-stop centre for all things eye care. He continues to work closely with ophthalmology specialists throughout Calgary and has a special interest in Dry Eye treatment and Corneal Disease management. He receives many referrals for his skills in the fitting of specialty contact lenses for patients with corneal diseases including keratoconus, corneal transplant, and ectasia from failed laser refractive surgery. Dr. Ahmed continues to lecture both locally and nationally on eye disease and is also very proud of his volunteer work with Canadian Vision Care, a charity which supplies eye care to developing nations worldwide. He currently serves on the board as the Past-President of the Alberta Association of Optometrists.

Dr. Andrea Lasby

Optometrist, F.A.A.O., F.S.L.S.
Dr. Lasby is a Calgary native and completed her Optometry degree at the University of Waterloo. She then went on to do a residency at the prestigious Northeastern State University Oklahoma College of Optometry. Only a select few are admitted to this residency that provides intensive training on ocular disease and post-surgical care with an emphasis on corneal disease and specialty contact lens fitting. She was recipient of the Canadian Association of Optometrists Award of Merit for leadership, the Dr. Irving Baker Excellence in Clinical Optometry scholarship, and numerous others during her studies. She served as the Calgary Society of Optometrists’ President from 2015-2017, and has recently taken on the responsibility of chair of the Canadian Association of Optometry’s Cornea, Contact Lens, and Refractive Technology Section. Dr.Lasby continues to enjoy teaching, and you may routinely see her with a UofC family medicine resident or final year Optometry intern following along beside her. She also enjoys continuing to lecture across Canada and the USA. Her high level of clinical expertise with eye disease including glaucoma, macular degeneration, and diabetic eye disease ensures that our patients are well looked after. She is an expert with fitting contact lenses for keratoconus and other corneal diseases including post-surgical transplant patients. She also has a special interest in dry eye management and patients with lid disease such as blepharitis and meibomian gland dysfunction. Whether it is a routine annual examination, or a disease management visit, her kind demeanor, and clinical skills will inspire confidence.

Dr. Stephanie Du

Optometrist
Dr. Du is an honours graduate of Pacific University College of Optometry in Oregon. During her schooling, she was an active member in optometric student associations, holding positions on several councils. She was also the recipient of several academic scholarships. Her fourth-year optometric externships included a six-month ocular disease rotation at the acclaimed Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami, Florida, working primarily with ocular disease and anterior segment surgeons and specialists. This was followed by a primary care and co-management externship at an ophthalmologic-optometric private practice in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Dr. Du has also volunteered for several eye care mission trips to Mexico, providing free eye care to hundreds of the under-served local population. Dr. Du is multilingual; she can speak French and Cantonese and can perform eye exams in Creole and Spanish as well. She is dedicated to educating her patients and increasing public awareness about the importance of maintaining good eye health with an emphasis on proper lifestyle and nutrition. She has been with us for many years now and is committed to providing her patients with the best eye health and vision care possible.

Dr.┬áPatrick O’Brien

Optometrist
Dr. O’Brien is an alumnus of the Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago where he graduated with honours. After spending 4 years in Chicago, he returned to the Calgary area to put his skills to work in a private practice setting where he could provide the most comprehensive care to his patients. In addition to his experience in Chicago, Dr. O’Brien trained with a variety of sub-specialists at the Veterans Affairs Medical Hospital in Alabama, the Mid Florida Eye Center near Orlando, and the Atlantic Eye Institute in Jacksonville, Florida. With a strong foundation in both primary eye care and disease management, he continues to provide the highest quality eye health care to our patients. His loyal following of patients is constantly impressed by his professionalism, thoroughness, and approachable style of communication. He believes strongly in preventative eye care and ensures his patients are taken care of with the high level of service that Mission Eye Care is known for. Dr. O’Brien is currently practicing 2 days per week and is welcoming new patients.