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Since 2010, the Southern Alberta Eye Center has been dedicated to providing the highest standard of eye care.

Founded by Dr. Amin Kherani, Dr. Geoff Williams, and Dr. Robert Mitchell, the Southern Alberta Eye Center is a unique approach to vision care in Canada. Pioneering an ultra public model, the physicians and practices within the facility work closely with Alberta Health Services and the University of Calgary to provide patients with convenient, accessible vision care. By bringing together specialists in laser eye surgery, refractive surgery, cataract removal, glaucoma treatment, vitreoretinal care, ocular oncology, and paediatric treatment, the Southern Alberta Eye Center is one of the most complete ophthalmic care facilities in the Canada.

By working collectively, physicians at the Southern Alberta Eye Center are equipped with only most advanced diagnostic and surgical technologies in the field of ophthalmology, many of which, would be inaccessible in an independent practice, or in some cases, even in public hospitals. Here, visiting physicians and medical school residents can train in ground breaking surgical methods and gain first hand experience in the tools that are changing the next generation of ophthalmology.

Patients at the Southern Alberta Eye Centerreceive comprehensive eye care and access to the most sophisticated technologies in the field of ophthalmology.



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SAEC Conference Centre

As a proud member of Alberta’s healthcare community, our on-site conference centre hosts lectures, presentations, and open-house events for leading physicians and decision-makers within the healthcare sector. The SAEC conference centre provides a forum for advancing best practices and professional dialogue.

With a commitment to education and research, the Southern Alberta Eye Center is dedicated to improving ophthalmic health for future generations. Practicing physicians and medical residents can receive training in advanced surgical practices and becoming certified in the use of advanced new technologies. The SAEC conference centre is equipped with high definition video feeds connected to the operating rooms for live viewing during surgery.This provides the opportunity for visiting residency students and research fellows to learn alongside experienced ophthalmic surgeons.

Visit our events page to see upcoming presentations and information sessions.For questions regarding an event being hosted by one of the practices located inside of the Southern Alberta Eye Center, please contact their offices directly for additional information.

For physicians interested in hosting ophthalmology-related events, please contact the Southern Alberta Eye Center for additional information. We welcome collaboration and knowledge-sharing amongst the greater ophthalmic and optometry community.


SAEC Diagnostic

Diagnostic Services

Prior to or after examination by the ophthalmologist, additional testing may be required to facilitate prompt and accurate diagnosis and treatment of an ocular condition. These specialized tests allow us to best serve the needs of our patients in an ophthalmology clinic with multiple subspecialties.

Our wide range of on-site diagnostic services allow thesecomprehensive patient assessments to be conveniently completed in one office and with fewer visits, saving time and travel for the patient.

Fluorescein and ICG angiography (standard and wide-field)

  • An assessment of the vascular condition of the retinaand or choroid for conditions such as diabetes, macular degeneration, central serous retinopathy and uveitis
  • We utilize both standard and wide-field angiography as indicated by the condition being examined
  • Fundus photography

    • Provides a photography visual record of the retina to closely monitor change or progression in conditions such as glaucoma, ocular nevi, and ocular melanoma

    Slit lamp photography

    • Assists in the management of anterior ocular conditions such as iris nevi, iris cysts, trauma, pseudoexfoliation, and corneal ulcers.

    Ultrasounds(anterior and posterior)

    • Ocular ultrasounds allow us to visualize changes within the eye without being restricted by factors such as vitreous hemorrhages or dense cataracts that otherwise obstruct or limit the ophthalmologist’s view. Retinal and choroidal detachments, nevi, melanomas, retinoschisis, traumatic changes, narrow angles, and many other eye conditions are more easily diagnosed and monitored through ultrasound assessments.

    Visual fields

    • Used to monitor subtle visual changes throughout the central and peripheral vision to better diagnosis and manage diseases such as glaucoma and optic neuropathy.

    Cataract lens calculations

    • Prior to cataract surgery, we measure the shape and size of the eyes to accurately choose a customized prescription lens to provide the best possible visual results. Therefore, following a cataract procedure, patients often no longer require prescription glasses for their distance vision. This test also allows us to offer specialty premium lenses to those patients that would benefit from a more specialized intraocular lens.

Laser Technologies

The physicians at the Southern Alberta Eye Center are among the most highly trained ophthalmic specialists in the province. Our surgeons and technicians use the latest and most advanced technologies to treat patients. We believe in offering the safest, most efficient, and most effective treatment options.

The surgical suites within the Southern Alberta Eye Center contain the most sophisticated tools for treating eye conditions, diseases, and improving vision.

On-site we have the latest surgical lasers, including:

  • ExcimerUltraviolet Laser
  • CO2 Oculoplasty Laser
  • YAG Laser
  • 532 Nanometer Laser
  • Femtosecond Catalys Precision Laser System
  • Victus Femtosecond Laser Platform

As an integrated facility, we’re able to provide surgical technologies that would otherwise be too costly for private practices. Patients enjoy the benefit of receiving consultation, diagnostics, and treatment all under one roof.

We continually update our surgical and diagnostic equipment in order to remain at the forefront of ophthalmic care.


Eye Exams

The Southern Alberta Eye Center includes some of the most advanced ophthalmic diagnostic technologies in Western Canada.

Prescribed diagnostic tests and examinations vary from patient to patient depending on your eye condition and recommended treatment. The Southern Alberta Eye Center is equipped for comprehensive screening for all major eye conditions and diseases including, but not limited to, retinal conditions, cataracts, glaucoma, strabismus, amblyopia, and ocular oncology.

For patients seeking eye exams, please note that eye exams are typically booked through referral from your optometrist or family physician. Given the range of specialization within the Southern Alberta Eye Center, the examinations and analysis conducted during eye exams and diagnostic tests will vary between physicians and practices.

If you are looking to book an eye exam, please directly contact the practices located within our facility.

Calgary Retina Consultants |403-286-6802 |

Mitchell Eye Centre|403-258-1773 |



Ocular oncology is the branch of ophthalmology dealing with tumors relating to the eye and its surrounding structures.Eye cancer can affect all parts of the eye, including the globe (the eye itself), the eyelids, the orbit, as well as the conjunctiva (the membrane that covers the inside of the eyelids and the sclera).

Examples ofintra-ocular tumors include:

  • Choroidal Melanoma
  • Ciliary Body Melanoma
  • Iris Melanoma
  • Circumscribed Choroidal Hemangiomas
  • Choroidal Osteoma

Examples of eyelid tumors include:

  • Basal cell Carcinoma
  • Squamous Cell Carcinoma
  • Examples of orbital tumors include:
  • Cavernous Hemangioma
  • Dermoid Cyst
  • Sphenoid Wing Meningioma
  • Ocular Lymphoma

Examples of conjunctival tumors include:

  • Squamous Cell Carcinoma
  • Primary Acquired Melanosis
  • Conjunctival Melanoma

Treatment of eye cancer can include observation, radiation, laser, and surgical excision. Should you and your surgeon decide that surgery is the correct option, you will you will receive your pre-operative instructions from your surgeon’s office prior to your surgery at SAEC. These instructions include not eating or drinking after midnight the night before your procedure. You will be asked to arrive at SAEC at a specified time, which will allow time for you to have your eye dilated for the procedure, and to meet the anaesthesiologist working with your surgeon that day. Your surgeon, anaesthesiologist, and yourself will determine the type of sedation that is necessary. In the operating room, there will be two additional nurses there to assist you and your surgeon, and the length of your surgical procedure will be dependant on the specifics of your situation. After your procedure, a nurse will go through your postoperative instructions with you, and ensure that you have made arrangements to be transported home with your friend or family member.