Carstairs Specs Optometry

Specs Optometry has joined the FYidoctors family.

Now you can get all the benefits of an FYidoctors without a drive to Calgary. Open six days a week, we’re your local eye care experts in Carstairs. Internal Freeform Technology is exclusive to our clinic here, ensuring your eye exam is anything but regular. Leading OCT equipment looks at your eyes from the inside out, because we know that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. With over 35 brands of designer eyewear, consider us your eyewear boutique, and your first stop for a new look. Book your appointment online. We’d love to earn your business.

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Dr. Marie-Josee Laflamme

Dr. Marie-Josee Laflamme attended the University of Montreal for her Doctor of Optometry degree. She is fluent in both English and French.

Dr. Laflamme lives in Airdrie with her husband Steve and her two children, Olivier and Julianne. She enjoys spending quality time with her family, swimming, and reading.

Dr. Karen Pinchak

Dr. Karen Pinchak attended the University of Calgary for her Bachelor of Science degree. Then she attended the University of Waterloo, for her Doctor of Optometry degree, where she graduated with honours.

Dr. Pinchak currently lives in Calgary, where she was born and raised. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, hiking, snowshoeing, travelling and going to concerts.

Dr. Patrick O’Brien

Dr. Patrick O’Brien attended the University of Calgary for his Bachelor of Science degree and attended the Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago where he graduated with honours for his Doctor of Optometry degree.

Dr. O’Brien has lived in Airdrie since 1983 and resides here with his wife Bonita. He enjoys exploring the Rocky Mountains, camping, and volleyball in his free time.

Dr. Andrew Denson

Dr. Andrew Denson attended University of Alberta for his Undergraduate in Science and University of California for his Doctor of Optometry Degree.

Dr. Denson lives in Airdrie with his wife Jodi and two children, Siena and Oliver. He enjoys music, mountain biking, hockey, and traveling with his family.

Our Location

Carstairs Specs Optometry
208 10 Avenue North, Unit 1, PO Box 3551
Carstairs, Alberta
T0M 0N0
Phone: 403-337-2373
Monday: 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday*: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday: 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Sunday: Closed
*Please Note: On Wednesday our clinic is on flex hours, please call ahead for hours of business

Non-Invasive, highly accurate eye exams for all ages.

The Alberta Association of Optometrists (AAO) recommends that a healthy adult have their eyes examined every one to two years. Kids and seniors should have their eyes examined annually, as their eyes are subject to more frequent changes.

Learn more about eye exams for adults, children, and seniors.

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Making Insurance Easy

Most insurance benefit programs cover annual or bi-annual financial eye exams. We encourage you to make use of this coverage and stay on top of your eye health. We direct-bill most insurance companies, including Alberta Blue Cross, Sunlife, Manulife, and Green Shield, just present your card and we’ll handle the rest.



In addition to Internal Freeform lenses we carry single vision, progressive and a range of specialty lenses. No matter what your prescription, we have a lenses solution that’s just right for you.

Lens coatings

Protect your eyewear and enjoy better vision with our range of lens coatings. Choose from anti-scratch, anti-dirt, anti-glare, ant-reflective, and water resistant coatings for your lenses.

Frames that fit

Choosing frames can be fun but also a little daunting. That’s why we’re here to help you choose your look from a wide selection of designer frame brands. Get started by checking out our blog for style tips.


We’re proud to offer a wide range of sunglasses to suit different budgets and styles. For most frames, we can also provide internal freeform sunglass lenses. Check out our top designer brands.

Contact Lenses

Contact lenses are a great way to enjoy vision correction. Whether your job or your sporting activity make glasses difficult, or you simply don’t want to wear glasses, chances are there’s a contact lens solution perfect for you. Book a contact lens appointment today.


Eye diseases & conditions

A big part of maintaining eye health is monitoring for the early signs of various eye diseases and conditions. That’s why regular eye exams are important at any age.

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Low Vision

Vision loss presents a unique challenge. It negatively affects one’s of view the world, and not just in terms of eyesight. Low vision reduces people’s confidence and enjoyment of day-to-day life. Our clinics in Airdrie and Carstairs are here to help.

While many eye diseases that cause low vision remain incurable, today we are better able to compensate and adapt than ever before. We are committed to being at the forefront of low vision therapy, incorporating new technologies and practices whenever possible.

Eyesight preservation

The foundation of any low vision therapy program is to stabilize and retain visual acuity. We perform regular eye exams and closely monitor any diseases or conditions contributing to your low vision. Where management therapies are available, we will help implement them to improve your quality of life.

Adaptation therapy

Where possible, we will coach you through new processes and routines to help you perform daily tasks independently. These vary according to each patient’s level of visual acuity and needs.

Modern tools and technology

Magnification is but one way we can make things easier to see. Today, there are more options than ever before with respect to modifying images and text to be larger and clearer. We will assess your needs and provide recommendations for:

  • Low vision reading glasses, in powers up to +80 diopters.
  • Video magnifiers, both as portable and permanent solutions. These can be used to look at objects, printed materials, the television, and more. Many people use video magnifiers to assist with personal hygiene, cooking, and leisure activities.
  • Glare control solutions that will make it easier see; usually found as eyeglasses, we have options suitable for both indoor and outdoor use.
  • Computer accessibility options can greatly assist someone with low vision. We will work with you to configure your technology to help facilitate your professional and personal goals.

Confidence & experience

Our main objective when working with low vision patients is to help restore their confidence. By empowering people to overcome obstacles and live normal lives, we help them feel confident and optimistic. Working together, we will help you return to the activities you once enjoyed. Think of us as your support team.

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Sports & Specialty Eyewear

Whether your sport is golf, skiing, fishing, or anything else, you’re sure to benefit from sharper vision. We can set you up with sunglasses or goggles with your prescription built in. You will enjoy maximum performance, comfort, and protection from eye injury.

On the fairway or out in left field, glare from the sun can make it difficult to perform at your best. Our specialty eyewear is designed to eliminate glare as well as provide greater colour contrast and differentiation.

Ask about sports & specialty eyewear at our locations in Airdrie and Carstairs.


Supporting Our Local Community

We are proud to be part of both the Airdrie and Carstairs communities and humbled by the patients we serve. Being able to play an active part in improving the lives of our patients is rewarding on every level.

Causes We Support

  • Active participants in the Better Sight. Better Grades. program, providing complimentary eye exams to school kids, ensuring that they are ready to face the academic challenges to come!
  • Proud supporters of the Airdrie Food Bank. We regularly host food drives and conduct fundraisers to support this exceptional organization.
  • Participants in Lion’s “Recycle for Sight”. Bring in your gently-used pair of prescription glasses and we will provide them to an individual or family in need.

Community Events & Associations

  • Sponsors of the Airdrie Softball Team and Airdrie/Carstairs Minor Hockey.
  • Support for the boys and girls club of Airdrie.