Experienced Calgary Eye Doctors
Meet Our Optometrists
Dr. Riaz Ahmed Optometrist
A Passion for Eye Care
Dr. Ahmed has over 20 years of experience in eye disease management and primary clinical eye care. Having been awarded the Faculty of Science Gold Medal from the University of Alberta, Dr. Ahmed went on to the University of Waterloo to obtain a degree in Optometry. He did an Ocular Disease externship in Phoenix, AZ, where he developed a passion for the medical side of the profession. Graduating top of the faculty, Dr. Ahmed decided to move back to Alberta and put his skills to work in a disease management setting with a local ophthalmologist.
Collaborative Care & Eye Disease Treatment
He opened Mission Eye Care in 2005 with the vision to be on the leading edge of primary eye care. He believes strongly in collaborative care and continues to work closely with ophthalmology specialists throughout Calgary in the best interests of our patients. He manages many chronic eye disease patients including those with glaucoma and diabetes. He also has a wealth of knowledge and a special interest in the treatment and management of Dry Eyes and Corneal Diseases. He continues to receive referrals for his skills in the fitting of specialty contact lenses for those with keratoconus, corneal transplant, and ectasia from failed laser refractive surgery.
Dr. Ahmed continues to lecture both locally and nationally on eye disease and continues to educate first and second year family medicine residents from the University of Calgary. He is also very proud of his volunteer work with Canadian Vision Care, a charity which supplies eye care to developing nations worldwide. He is also former president of the Alberta Association of Optometrists, having served on the board for over a decade.
Dr. Andrea Lasby Optometrist
Accreditation & Awards
Dr. Lasby is a Calgary native and completed her Optometry degree at the University of Waterloo. She 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. After graduation, 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.
After starting her career, she served as the Calgary Society of Optometrists’ President from 2015-2017. Currently, she is chair of the Canadian Association of Optometry’s Cornea, Contact Lens, and Refractive Technology Section. She also serves on the committee of the Alberta Health Services Neurosciences, Rehabilitation & Vision Strategic Clinical Network and is the co-founder of the Canadian Contact Lens Academy. If this wasn’t enough, she also currently serves on the council of the Alberta Association of Optometrists.
Dr. Lasby continues to enjoy teaching, and currently is the lead optometric lecturer for first and second year family medicine residents at the University of Calgary academic section on primary eye care. She is also adjunct clinical professor for the University of Waterloo faculty of Optometry & Vision Science and continues to lecture across North America on contact lenses.
Expert Care in Fitting Scleral Contact Lenses
She is an expert with fitting contact lenses for keratoconus and other corneal diseases, most notably custom scleral contact lenses on complex and hard-to-fit eyes. She also receives many specialist referrals for her skills in fitting contact lenses for babies who have undergone cataract removal (infant aphakia). She also has a special interest in dry eye management and myopia control.
Her kind demeanour and high level clinical skills inspire confidence with her loyal patients!
Dr. Sheila Morrison Optometrist
Myopia Control & Corneal Disease Specialist
Dr. Morrison is a native of Alberta who moved back after serving on faculty at the University of Houston College of Optometry as a clinical instructor for the myopia control clinic, and as chief of the Contact Lens and Cornea clinic at the University Eye Institute. We are proud to have such an accomplished and well respected Optometrist here at Mission Eye Care.
Education & Accreditation
She studied at Pacific University College of Optometry, where she earned her Doctor of Optometry and completed a Masters Degree in Vision Science, with a research focus on scleral contact lenses and specialty contact lens design. Dr. Morrison went on to be awarded placement to a highly competitive residency in cornea & contact lenses, which she also completed at Pacific University and the Portland Veteran Affairs Hospital.
Her academic and clinical accomplishments are well renowned in the eye care world and she appreciates being regularly invited to lecture internationally about specialty contact lenses and myopia control. She has expertise in contact lens fitting for patients of all ages and eye conditions including: medically necessary lenses for infants, scleral lenses for the irregular cornea (ie Keratoconus) or severe dry eye, and orthokeratology (OrthoK) for myopia control.
Professional Dedication & Research
Dr. Morrison 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. With all this, her primary focus is providing and preserving vision through excellent comprehensive patient care for all ages and is currently welcoming new patients.
Dr. Alia Cappellani, Optometrist
(OD, FAAO, FSLS, Dipl. ABO)
Education & Specialties
Dr. Alia Cappellani is a board-certified, residency-trained optometrist with clinical emphasis on corneal diseases, specialty contact lenses, myopia management, dry eye and ocular disease. 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. She is excited to bring the knowledge she has gathered through residency to Mission Eye Care.
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 CooperVision Contact Lens Award and the American Academy Resident Travel Fellowship, as well as an award-winning author in the Optometric Retina Society Larry Alexander Resident Case Report Contest.
Passionate about delivering outstanding patient care and the advancement of optometry, Dr. Cappellani continues to pursue journal publications and speaking engagements. Outside of the clinic, she enjoys supporting local businesses, exploring restaurants, hiking, skiing, running and playing pickleball.
Dr. Cappellani is currently welcoming new patients.
Dr. Patrick O’Brien, Optometrist
Education & Specialties
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.
A Passion for Patient Care
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. Having been at Mission Eye Care since 2009, 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.
Dr. Nicole Stocks, Optometrist
Education & Specialties
Dr. Stocks attended Pacific University College of Optometry where she graduated as a member of the honours society. During her time at Pacific University, she helped teach other students as a teaching assistant. She also had the opportunity to travel to Peru on a humanitarian trip to provide eye care to underserved communities. During her last year, Dr. Stocks completed further training in ocular disease and primary care at a medical center in Phoenix, AZ, a Veterans Affairs Medical Hospital in Spokane, WA, and private practices in Oregon and Calgary.
Dr. Stocks has taken a special interest in soft contact lenses and myopia management. As a contact lens wearer for almost 25 years, she is familiar with the struggles her patients go through and is committed to helping them get the best vision and comfort possible. Dr. Stocks’ patients appreciate and trust her first-hand experience and expertise with soft contact lenses. Dr. Stocks is a firm believer in education and prevention and strives to make sure her patients have the best care available. Dr. Stocks is currently welcoming new patients.