Our Vision

At Calgary Family Eye Doctors, we provide exceptional eye care for all ages both at home and abroad through our local and international eye care initiatives. We emphasize disease prevention by encouraging routine eye health exams, starting at a young age.

To promote eye health and disease prevention, we provide extensive glaucoma testing and management, pre- and post-cataract surgery care, macular degeneration screening and management, and refractive eye surgery assessments and post-operation care.

We have up-to-date technology in our clinic to ensure that we are providing the highest degree of optometric care possible.

Our Equipment:

To ensure the highest level of care and accuracy, Calgary Family Eye Doctor's uses only the most innovated equipment to get you precise results. This allows our doctors to identify the issue, discuss and manage.

Our Approach

I don't believe there are many things more important to people, than vision. It allows us to succeed in our lives, whatever success looks like to a person. Vision allows us to live our best lives. Vision is more than seeing 20/20, it is fundamental to learning, to movement, to being connected with other people and with ourselves. - Dr. Heather Cowie

Our Doctors

Dr. Brent Hopfauf

Dr. Hopfauf is a born-and-raised Calgarian and one of the proud owners of Calgary Family Eye Doctors. After earning his Bachelor of Science degree with distinction from the University of Calgary, he headed to Ontario for the Optometry Program at the University of Waterloo. Upon graduation, Dr. Hopfauf was named Class Valedictorian. He has had the unique opportunity to further his training in ocular diseases in Houston, Texas and has studied specific diseases that include glaucoma, cataracts, dry eyes, and uveitis.

Dr. Heather Cowie

Dr. Cowie is originally from Red Deer, Alberta and completed her Bachelor of Science at the University of Calgary. She received her Doctor of Optometry degree from the University of Waterloo and completed an ocular disease rotation at a Veteran’s Hospital in Oklahoma. Dr. Cowie was elected Class President and received the Canadian Optometry Association’s leadership award. She has also been awarded the Alberta Association of Optometry’s Service Award for her service in furthering the profession of Optometry both at home and abroad through her mentoring and volunteer work.

Dr. Chelsea Gerlitz

Dr. Gerlitz was born and raised in Calgary, earning her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Alberta. After graduation, Dr. Gerlitz went on to study Optometry at the University of Waterloo. In her final year of study, Dr. Gerlitz interned with ophthalmologists in Florida as part of her Ocular Disease and Therapeutics rotation. This experience inspired Dr. Gerlitz’s passion for managing conditions such as glaucoma, macular degeneration, and dry eye.

Dr. Cristy Franco

Dr. Franco was born and raised in Calgary, completing her Bachelor of Science in Zoology at the University of Calgary. Dr. Franco moved to Waterloo, Ontario to fulfill her dream of becoming an Optometrist, graduating with honours.

During her studies, Dr. Franco travelled to Romania, Mexico, and Moldova to volunteer her eye care services to the underprivileged. She has also volunteered for local projects, offering eye exams for men and women participating in the Special Olympics.

Our Team

Carla C.C.O.A.

Regional Manager

Kathryn R.O.


Lester R.O.


Megan C.C.O.A.

Optometric Assistant

Julie C.C.O.A.

Optometric Assistant

Toni R.O.


We hire the best people. They are driven to make our patients feel welcomed and comfortable during their appointments. Our team is professional, well-trained, and knowledgeable, and are able to ensure that our patients are well taken care of during their time in the clinic. Our team is made up of compassionate, dedicated, and kind people who are fun-loving. 

Our clinic culture is about making a difference - changing lives through eye care. It is ensuring kids are seeing well to succeed in school, that our patients feel confident in their new glasses or contacts, that our patients have a hand to hold if they have experienced an eye injury or disease.  

Service and product highlights

Our service-based, patient-focused eye health exams are for all ages and stages of life.

Our Zeiss branded lenses allow us to offer some of the most up-to-date corrective vision technology to enhance your visual clarity and make your lenses easier to use.

We offer dry eye products for the effective treatment and prevention of dry eyes.

Our Mission

Our Optometrists are dedicated to caring for the underserved in many countries in the world. They have volunteered their time and eye care expertise in Nicaragua, Guatemala, Mexico, Jamaica, Morocco, Belize, Romania, and Moldova over the years.

We also support sustainable eye care programs that offer local residents the opportunity to help improve community eye care around the world. Under the guidance of Dr. Heather Cowie, we are creating a grassroots program in Guatemala to bring life-changing vision to those who need it. We are able to achieve this goal with the support of our Canadian patients.