Experienced Calgary Eye Doctors

Meet Our Optometrists

Dr. Riaz Ahmed, Optometrist

Dr. Riaz Ahmed, Optometrist

Dr. Ahmed founded Mission Eye Care in 2005 with a vision to provide high quality eye care using the latest technology. He has over 25 years of experience in eye disease management and primary clinical eye care. After graduating with the Faculty of Science Gold Medal from the University of Alberta, Dr. Ahmed went on to the University of Waterloo to become an Optometrist. His Ocular Disease externship in Phoenix, AZ developed his passion for medical eye care. Graduating top of the faculty, he returned to Alberta and worked with a local ophthalmologist for 6 years before founding Mission Eye Care.

His experience managing corneal disease fueled his passion to fit specialty contact lenses for those with keratoconus, corneal transplant, and ectasia from failed laser refractive surgery. He currently manages these patients along with those with glaucoma, diabetes and Dry Eye Disease

Dr. Ahmed continues to lecture both locally and nationally. He is actively involved with the formal eye care training of medical students and family medicine residents from the University of Calgary and University of Alberta. He is also an active volunteer with Canadian Vision Care, a charity which supplies eye care to developing nations worldwide. Dr. Ahmed was former president of the Alberta Association of Optometrists, having served on the board for over a decade, and currently serves as an advisory board committee member.

Dr. Andrea Lasby Optometrist(F.A.A.O., F.S.L.S.)

Dr. Andrea Lasby Optometrist
(F.A.A.O., F.S.L.S.)

Dr. Lasby is a Calgary native and partner at Mission Eye Care. She completed her Optometry degree at the University of Waterloo and then went on to do an ocular disease and specialty contact lens residency at the prestigious Northeastern State University Oklahoma College of Optometry. 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 went on to become a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and also holds the designation of fellow of the Scleral Lens Education Society.

She served as the Calgary Society of Optometrists’ President from 2015-2017 and is now current president of the Alberta Association of Optometrists. She is also chair of the Canadian Association of Optometry’s Cornea, Contact Lens, and Refractive Technology Section and serves on the committee of the Alberta Health Services Neurosciences, Rehabilitation & Vision Strategic Clinical Network. She is the co-founder of the Canadian Contact Lens Academy and is the primary residency supervisor for our clinic’s accredited Cornea and Contact lens residency program.

Dr. Lasby enjoys teaching, and continues to lecture across North America on specialty contact lenses. She currently cares for our patients needing her skills with custom scleral lenses but also excels all areas of primary care including dry eye and myopia management. She is also sought after for her skills in fitting contact lenses for babies who have undergone cataract removal (infant aphakia).

Dr. Sheila Morrison, Optometrist(MS, F.S.L.S.)

Dr. Sheila Morrison, Optometrist
(MS, F.S.L.S.)

Dr. Morrison’s academic and clinical accomplishments are renowned in the eye care world. She is an Alberta native who joined Mission Eye Care after serving on faculty at the University of Houston College of Optometry as chief of the Contact Lens and Cornea clinic at the University Eye Institute. She is a well respected international speaker for her skills fitting scleral contact lenses and orthokeratology for myopia management.

She obtained her Optometry degree from Pacific University College of Optometry, and went on to obtain her Masters Degree in Vision Science with a research focus on scleral contact lenses and specialty contact lens design. She completed her residency in cornea & contact lenses at Pacific University and the Portland Veteran Affairs Hospital. She is a fellow of the Scleral Lens Education Society, editorial reviewer for the Journal of Contact Lens Research & Science, and a board member of the Cornea and Contact Lens Section of the Canadian Association of Optometrists. She also co-founded the Canadian Contact Lens Academy and is a clinical consultant for numerous leading companies in the eye care industry.

She is currently a residency supervisor for our corneal disease and specialty lens program. This is the only accredited residency program in Canada for this specialty outside of a university. Dr. Morrison has a research focus on scleral contact lenses, and myopia management, particularly using orthokeratology. With all this, her primary focus is providing and preserving vision through excellent comprehensive patient care for all ages.

Dr. Alia Cappellani, Optometrist
(OD, FAAO, FSLS, Dipl. ABO)

Dr. Alia Cappellani joined Mission Eye Care in 2020. She is a board-certified, residency-trained optometrist with clinical emphasis on corneal diseases, scleral contact lenses, myopia management, orthokeratology, and advanced dry eye treatments. Born and raised in Winnipeg, she received her Doctor of Optometry from the University of Waterloo School of Optometry and Vision Science and completed her Cornea and Contact Lens Residency at Northeastern State University Oklahoma College of Optometry. Throughout her residency, she gained advanced experience in all areas of ocular disease with particular focus on specialty contact lenses for corneal diseases, advanced procedures for dry eye disease, myopia management and a wide array retinal conditions.

Dr. Cappellani is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, Fellow of the Scleral Lens Society, and Diplomate of the American Board of Optometry. She was the recipient of the numerous awards during her residency and is published in numerous studies in well respected optometry journals and publications.

Passionate about delivering outstanding patient care and the advancement of optometry, Dr. Cappellani continues to pursue journal publications and national speaking engagements. She is also currently serving as an educational volunteer with the Calgary Society of Optometrists. Dr. Cappellani is currently welcoming new patients.

Dr. Patrick O’Brien, Optometrist

Dr. O’Brien has been with Mission Eye Care since 2009. He is an alumnus of the Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago where he graduated with honours. 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. He then returned home to the Calgary area to put his skills to work.

With a strong foundation in both primary eye care and disease management, he continues to provide high 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 welcoming new patients.