Experienced Calgary Optometrists
Meet Our Eye Doctors
Dr. Riaz Ahmed
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 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, F.A.A.O., F.S.L.S.
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, MS, F.S.L.S.
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. Patrick O’Brien
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. Alia Cappellani
Education & Achievements
Dr. Cappellani was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry at The University of Winnipeg. She went on to complete her Doctor of Optometry degree at the University of Waterloo, graduating on the Dean’s Honour List. She was the recipient of the CooperVision Contact Lens Award in recognition of her outstanding knowledge and excellence in contact lens patient care.
Specialized Training & Expert Care
As part of her clinical training at Waterloo, Dr. Cappellani obtained experience in multiple areas including contact lenses, pediatrics, binocular vision, and ocular health. She completed several externships across Canada, including a placement at our very own clinic where she developed a special interest in Dry Eye Disease, Specialty Contact Lenses, Myopia Control and the emerging field of Ocular Aesthetics with the cutting-edge technologies we offer.
In her free time, you can find Dr. Cappellani exploring all the local sites of Calgary and enjoying outdoor activities in the mountains. Dr. Cappellani is excited to join the team at Mission Eye Care, and motivated to brighten the lives around her by sharing her passion and insight with all her patients!
Dr. Cappellani is currently welcoming new patients.