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Low Vision Optometrist in Westchester, Los Angeles, California

Do You Suffer From Vision Loss?

Have You Been Told “Nothing More Can Be Done?”

If you or a loved one are having problems seeing and doing the things you enjoy, Dr. Ashcraft can help. If you have been told by your eye doctor that a change in your eyeglass prescription will not help you see better, call Dr. Ashcraft. He is trained to design special glasses that can make a difference.

Learn more about how Dr. Ashcraft can help you read,
drive, watch tv, see faces, and use a computer or phone.

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When a Low Vision Patient is Told Nothing More Can Be Done

  • Have you been told nothing more can be done for your vision?
  • Are you struggling to read, see faces across the room or view television?
  • Do you feel you are losing your independence by not being able to drive?
  • Are you unable to do hobbies like playing cards or use the computer?
  • Do you have new glasses that are not much better than you old ones?

Hi, I’m Dr. Harold Ashcraft, a low vision optometrist.

With new technology and special vision aids, I help people like you read again, see faces and television, engage in your hobbies again, and in many cases, drive.

It hasn’t always been that way.

Years ago, my own grandmother was struggling with macular degeneration and she came to me for help. She wanted to read, play the organ, and see the faces of her many grandchildren.

I was able to help her read better. But at that time, like most other optometrists, I did not know about all of the possible low vision aids and devices that could help her. I did not have samples to show her.

So, I told my grandmother what you may have been told, that nothing more could be done. I told her I couldn’t help her do the things she wanted to do, like play the organ or see faces.

I didn’t know it then, but I was wrong. Many possibilities existed for her.

If my grandmother were alive today, I would tell her that I could help her. I would show her how she could continue to do the things she loved to do.

If poor vision is holding you back from doing the things you want to do, give me a call at 888-648-9525 to set up a free consultation.

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Driving, Seeing Television and Faces with Telescopic Lenses

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What is a Low Vision Optometrist?

Our goal is for you to reclaim the ability to carry out tasks that are important to you. Such an activity could be driving a car, reading the paper, recognizing faces, watching TV, playing cards or board games, cooking, and anything that matters in your life.
As a member of the International Academy of Low Vision Specialists (IALVS) – a network of low vision optometrists – Dr. Harold Ashcraft intensively studied low vision care. We are committed to maximizing our patient’s vision and help them live their best lives.

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Causes That Lead to Low Vision

Low vision is an eye condition that cannot be corrected with conventional eyeglasses or contact lenses. Its causes are usually due to injury, disease, or genetics and include:

  • Macular Degeneration: Wet or Dry
  • Juvenile Macular Degeneration (i.e., Stargardt’s disease, Best disease, etc.)
  • Diabetic Retinopathy – a complication of diabetes affecting eyesight
  • Retinitis Pigmentosa – leads to contraction of the visual field
  • Glaucoma – damage to the optical nerve due to inner eye pressure
  • Cataracts – a clouding of the eye lens
  • Hemianopsia – the loss of part of the visual field
  • Albinism – the lack of pigments in the back of the eye
  • Other Vision-Limiting Conditions
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A Low Vision Optometrist's Tool Box

Talk to our low vision expert in Westchester, Los Angeles about your concerns, and we will help optimize your surroundings to accommodate your visual needs better. As an example, improved lighting makes a significant difference for many eye conditions.


Eye Doctor Helps Legally Blind To See

Los Angeles optometrist, Dr. Harold Ashcraft, is using the latest technology to help his patients regain everyday independence and vision function, allowing them to do the things they love.


Low Vision Aids and Devices

Magnification is key for optimizing vision. Closed-circuit television (CCTV), video magnifiers are available as hand-held devices or as a stand-mounted version. You can install special software to enhance contrast and colors on your computer screen. Other software can increase the font size to whatever is comfortable for you.

Advanced equipment utilizes virtual reality, image processing algorithms, or audio feedback to assist with almost any task you want to accomplish. Go for it!


Low Vision Glasses For Macular Degeneration and Similar Conditions

The advantage of glasses for macular degeneration and low vision is that they allow you to be mobile and use your hands freely. There are many different options when it comes to low vision glasses, depending on the severity of your vision loss and how your eye doctor thinks your remaining vision can best be taken advantage of.

Your eye doctor may speak to you about the best sunglasses for macular degeneration and low vision, as well as prismatic glasses, magnification glasses and magnifiers for those with macular degeneration. These can help give you the best vision possible and give you the chance to live an independent life despite your low vision.

These are only a few of the many low vision glasses available for low vision patients. Dr. Harold Ashcraft will help you to find the best solution for you.

Family Eyecare Center of Optometry

8735 La Tijera Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90045
For A Free Phone Consultation Call 888-648-9525
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Low Vision FAQ

1. What does low vision mean?

Low vision means vision loss that cannot be corrected with standard eyeglasses, medication, contacts,
or surgery.

2. What are some common causes of low vision?

Some common causes of low vision are macular degeneration, glaucoma, strokes, diabetic eye disease,
inoperable cataracts, Stargardt’s Disease, juvenile macular degeneration, albinism, and Retinitis

3. How do macular degeneration glasses work?

Macular degeneration glasses work by providing more magnification than standard glasses to help
people read and do other near tasks such as seeing cell phones and computers.

4. Can people with low vision drive in California?

In many states, including California, people with low vision (mild to moderate central vision loss but
with good side vision) are permitted to drive, often with the help of bioptic telescopes.

Click here for a Los Angeles, CA Ophthalmologist Doctor Directory.

Burbank, CA Ophthalmologists

Dr. Robert Feinfield, M.D.
2829 W Burbank Blvd Ste 100
Burbank, CA 91505

Dr. Alan Berg, M.D.
2829 W Burbank Blvd Ste 100
Burbank, CA 91505

Dr. Alan Mandelberg, M.D.
2031 W Alameda Ave Ste 300
Burbank, CA 91506

Dr. Dana Tannenbaum, M.D.
Center For Vision Care
2031 W Alameda Ave Ste 300
Burbank, CA 91506

Dr. Kourosh Eghbali, M.D.
East Valley Eye Center
2601 W Alameda Ave Ste 204
Burbank, CA 91505

Dr. Marta Recasens, M.D.
Glendale Eye Medical Group
1025 N Brand Blvd Ste 200
Glendale, CA 91202

Dr. Kent Small, M.D.
Macula & Retina Institute
501 N Orange St Ste 250
Glendale, CA 91203

Dr. Helen Wu, M.D.
Glendale Eye Medical Group
500 N Central Ave Ste 400
Glendale, CA 91203

Dr. Jessica Wong, M.D.
1808 Verdugo Blvd
Glendale, CA 91208

Dr. Jeannine Scheinhorn, M.D.
Verdugo Eye Care
1809 Verdugo Blvd Ste 140
Glendale, CA 91208

Dr. Albert Baktanian, M.D.
1030 S Glendale Ave Ste 505
Glendale, CA 91205

Dr. Robert Clark, M.D.
Family Eye Medical Group
4100 Long Beach Blvd Ste 108
Long Beach, CA 90807

Dr. Michael Brenner, M.D.
Brenner Eye & Facial Center
3950 Long Beach Blvd Ste 200
Long Beach, CA 90807

Dr. Irene Sasaki, M.D.
Eye Treatment Center
3900 Long Beach Blvd
Long Beach, CA 90807

Dr. Shalu Gupta, M.D.
3900 Long Beach Blvd
Long Beach, CA 90807

Dr. Alice Song, M.D.
2840 Long Beach Blvd Ste 330
Long Beach, CA 90806

Dr. Rodrigo Torres, M.D.
Long Beach Eye Care Associates
2650 Elm Ave Ste 108
Long Beach, CA 90806

Dr. Bradley Rosen, M.D.
16 Ketch St #2
Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

Marina Del Rey Hospital
4650 Lincoln Blvd
Marina del Rey, CA 90292

Northridge, CA Ophthalmologists

Dr. Richard Yook, M.D.
8940 Reseda Blvd #103
Northridge, CA 91324

Northridge Hospital Medical Center
18300 Roscoe Blvd
Northridge, CA 91325

Palmdale, CA Ophthalmologists

Dr. Sheila Wright-Scott, M.D.
615 W Avenue Q Ste B
Palmdale, CA 93551

Dr. Mary Michelis, M.D.
2755 W Avenue N
Palmdale, CA 93551

Palmdale Regional Medical Center
38600 Medical Center Dr
Palmdale, CA 93551

Dr. John Nursall, M.D.
1824 Via Visalia
Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274

Redondo Beach, CA Ophthalmologists

Dr. James Bryan, M.D.
510 N Pospect Ave Ste 305
Redondo Beach, CA 90277

Dr. Aarchan Joshi, M.D.
Dr. Lawrence August, M.D.
South Bay Eye Institute
520 N Prospect Ave Ste 206
Redondo Beach, CA 90277

Providence Family Medical Center
520 N Prospect Ave Ste 103
Redondo Beach, CA 90277

Reseda, CA Ophthalmologists

Dr. Gene Zdenek, M.D.
7012 Reseda Blvd Ste B
Reseda, CA 91335

Dr. Logani, M.D.
Advanced Retina Associates
17750 Sherman Way Ste 100
Reseda, CA 91335

Sherman Oaks, CA Ophthalmologists

Dr. Barbara Yates, M.D.
13320 Riverside Dr. Ste 114
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

Dr. Alan Berg, M.D.
13320 Riverside Dr Ste 114
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

Sherman Oaks Hospital
4929 Van Nuys Blvd
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

Thousand Oaks, CA Ophthalmologists

Dr. Paul Nazemi, M.D.
199 W Hilcrest Dr
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360

Dr. Roy Butera, M.D.
2230 Lynn Rd Ste 102
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360

Dr. Meredith Matzkin, M.D.
2230 Lynn Rd Ste 102
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360

Dr. Yogender Garg, M.D.
Alta Vista Eye Care
1000 Newbury Rd Ste 230
Thousand Oaks, CA 91320

Van Nuys, CA Ophthalmologists

Dr. Rizwan Bhatti, M.D.
California Eye Center of Optometry
14624 Sherman Way Ste 204
Van Nuys, CA 91405

Valley Presbyterian Hospital
15107 Vanowen St
Van Nuys, CA 91405

Southern California Hospital Of Van Nuys
14433 Emelita St
Van Nuys, CA 91401

Westchester, CA Ophthalmologists

Dr. Joshua Reyes, M.D.
Retina Institute
8616 La Tijera Blvd Ste 102
Westchester, CA 90045

Dr. Lawrence Goodwin Jr, M.D.
8717 La Tijera Blvd
Westchester CA, CA 90045

Dr. Michael Gadsby, M.D.
8717 La Tijera Blvd
Westchester, CA 90045

Carson, CA Ophthalmologists

Chatsworth, CA Ophthalmologists

Culver City, CA Ophthalmologists

Dr. Eduardo Besser, MD
9808 Venice Blvd suite 400,
Culver City, CA 90232

Dr. Brian Estwick, MD
6101 W Centinela Ave #170,
Culver City, CA 90230

Dr. Betsy Blechman, MD
3831 Hughes Ave # 500,
Culver City, CA 90232

El Segundo, CA Ophthalmologists

Dr. Jane Semel, M.D.
390 N Sepulveda Blvd Ste 1100
El Segundo, CA 90245

Hawthorne, CA Ophthalmologists

Dr. Robert Charet, M.D.
12954 Hawthorne Blvd Ste 103
Hawthorne, CA 90250

Dr. Arnold Perlman, M.D.
11726 Grevillea Ave
Hawthorne, CA 90250

Dr. David Waldron, M.D.
11633 Hawthorne Blvd
Hawthorne, CA 90250

Hermosa Beach, CA Ophthalmologists

Hollywood, CA Ophthalmologists

Retina-Vitreous Associates Medical Group
12840 Riverside Dr. Ste 333
North Hollywood, CA 91607

Dr. Daniel Esmaili, M.D.
Retina Vitreous Associates Medical Group
12840 Riverside Dr Ste 333
North Hollywood, CA 91607

Los Angeles, CA Ophthalmologists

Retina-Vitreous Associates Medical Group
1245 Wilshire Blvd Ste 380
Los Angeles, CA 90017

Dr. Sherwin Sloan, M.D.
3332 Deronda Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90068

Dr. Hratch Kourouyan, M.D.
5106 Hollywood Blvd Ste 103
Los Angeles, CA 90027

Dr. Wei Gui, M.D.
Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center
757 Westwood Plz
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Dr. Roberto Roizenblatt, M.D.
139 S Alvarado St
Los Angeles, CA 90057

Dr. Khaled Tawansy, M.D.
7447 N Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA 90041

Dr. Azadeh Khatibi, M.D.
7447 N Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA 90041

Pasadena, CA Ophthalmologists

Dr. Bhatti, M.D.
Retina Macula Consultants of California
10 Congres St Suite 502
Pasadena, CA 91105

Retina-Vitreous Associates Medical Group
301 S Fair Oaks Ave Ste 407
Pasadena, CA 91105

Dr. Alexander Walsh, M.D.
Healthy Traveler Clinic
301 S Fair Oaks Ave
Pasadena, CA 91105

Dr. Raymond Shelton, M.D.
California Eye Specialists
2619 E Colorado Blvd Ste 150
Pasadena, CA 91107

San Pedro, CA Ophthalmologists

Atlantis Eyecare
1360 W 6th St Ste 125
San Pedro, CA 90732

Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center
1300 W 7th Street
San Pedro, CA 90732

Santa Clarita, CA Ophthalmologists

Dr. Homayoun Tabandeh, M.D.
Dr. Lawrence August, M.D.
Dr. David Boyer, M.D.
Dr. Roger Novack, M.D.
Retina Vitrous Associates Medical Group
23501 Cinema Dr Ste 109
Santa Clarita, CA 91355

Santa Monica, CA Ophthalmologists

Dr. Savannah Baril, M.D.
2001 Santa Monica Blvd Ste 985W
Santa Monica, CA 90404

Dr. Maria Braun, M.D.
1908 Santa Monica Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90404

Dr. Sadiqa Stelzner, M.D.
1908 Santa Monica Blvd Ste 3
Santa Monica, CA 90404

Torrance, CA Ophthalmologists

Retina-Vitreous Associates Medical Group
4300 Lomita Blvd Suite 202
Torrance, CA 90505

Dr. Richard Hoft, M.D.
21840 Normandie Ave
Torrance, CA 90502

Dr. Michael Roh, M.D.
Dr. Randall Nguyen, M.D.
South Coast Retina Center
2601 Airport Dr Ste 210
Torrance, CA 90505

Dr. John Maher III, M.D.
21320 Hawthorne Blvd Ste 216
Torrance, CA 90503

Dr. Henry Noguchi, M.D.
4201 Torrance Blvd Ste 580
Torrance, CA 90503

Dr. Ron Gallemore, M.D.
Retina Macula Institute
4201 Torrance Blvd Ste 220
Torrance, CA 90505

Dr. Shyun Jeng, M.D.
21350 Hawthorne Blvd Ste 168
Torrance, CA 90503

Dr. Michael Harwood, M.D.
4825 Torrance Blvd
Torrance, CA 90503

Woodland Hills, CA Ophthalmologists

Dr. Allen Yeroushalmi, M.D.
20929 Ventura Blvd Ste 23
Woodland Hills, CA 91364

Dr. Patrick Keating, M.D.
6325 Topanga Canyon Blvd Ste 430
Woodland Hills, CA 91367

Dr. Jonathan Davidorf, M.D.
Davidorf Eye Group
7320 Woodlake Ave Ste 190
West Hills, CA 91307

Woodland Hills Medical Center
5601 De Soto Ave
Woodland Hills, CA 91367

Encino, CA Ophthalmologists

Dr. Robert Engstrom Jr, M.D.
Valley Retina Associates Medical Group
16500 Ventura Blvd Ste 250
Encino, CA 91436

Glendale, CA Ophthalmologists

Retina-Vitreous Associates Medical Group
1510 S Central Ave Ste 230
Glendale, CA 91204

Dr. Mireille Hamparian, M.D.
1560 E Chevy Chase Dr Ste 220
Glendale, CA 91206

Dr. Richard Weise, M.D.
501 W Glenoaks Blvd Ste 119
Glendale, CA 91202

Dr. Arthur Hurtill, M.D.
607 N Central Ave
Glendale, CA 91203

Lancaster, CA Ophthalmologists

Dr. Kevin Geyer, M.D.
4027 Via Barbara
Lancaster, CA 93536

Dr. Rulon Beesley, M.D.
44404 16th St W Ste 102
Lancaster, CA 93534

Dr. Deborah Kim, M.D.
Kp Antelope Valley Medical Office
615 W Avenue L
Lancaster, CA 93534

Long Beach, CA Ophthalmologists

Dr. Lori Birndorf, M.D.
2840 Long Beach Blvd Ste 330
Long Beach, CA 90806

Dr. Stanley Carson, M.D.
Dr. Fox Boswell Jr, M.D
Dr. John McBeath, M.D.
South Coast Retina Center
4300 Long Beach Blvd Ste 300
Long Beach, CA 90807

Dr. Lynn Huang, M.D.
7447 N Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA 90041

Dr. Uday Devgan, M.D.
11600 Wilshire Blvd Ste 200
Los Angeles, CA 90025

Inglewood, CA Hospitals

Centinela Hospital Medical Center
555 E Hardy St
Inglewood, CA 90301

Manhattan Beach, CA Ophthalmologists

Dr. Judith Boston, M.D.
1601 N Sepulveda Blvd
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

Dr. Daniel Ziskin, M.D.
233 7th St
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

Marina del Rey, CA Ophthalmologists

Dr. Alpa Patel, M.D.
4644 Lincoln Blvd Ste 102
Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

Playa Vista, CA Ophthalmologists

Palos Verdes, CA Ophthalmologists

Dr. Raj Dugel, M.D.
1209 Via Descanso Ste 100
Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274

Dr. Frederick Spurgeon, M.D.
927 Deep Valley Dr.
Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA 90274

Dr. Stuart Cole, M.D.
44 Santa Catalina Dr.
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

Dr. Frederick Williams, M.D.
6722 Abbottswood Dr
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

Dr. Arnold Kushner, M.D.
13 Country Meadow Rd
Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274

Dr. Terry Alkana, M.D.
927 Deep Valley Dr Ste 290
Palos Verdes Peni, CA 90274

Dr. William Christian, M.D.
2001 Santa Monica Blvd Ste 985W
Santa Monica, CA 90404

Dr. Thomas Hanscom, M.D.
The Retina Partners
2021 Santa Monica Blvd Ste 720E
Santa Monica, CA 90404

Dr. Kenneth Hoffer, M.D.
Saint Marys Eye Center
1301 20th St Ste 250
Santa Monica, CA 90404

Dr. Akbar Jamall, M.D.
2021 Santa Monica Blvd Ste 505E
Santa Monica, CA 90404

Dr. Kenneth Diddie, M.D.
Retinal Consultants of Southern California
2222 Santa Monica Blvd Ste 201
Santa Monica, CA 90404

Dr. Kerry Assil, M.D.
Assil Eye Institute
2222 Santa Monica Blvd Ste 107
Santa Monica, CA 90404

Dr. Janice Lee, M.D.
3838 W Carson St Ste 333
Torrance, CA 90503

Dr. Robert Schwartz, M.D.
3868 W Carson St Ste 220
Torrance, CA 90503

Dr. Richard Teller, M.D.
3655 Lomita Blvd
Torrance, CA 90505

Dr. Patrick Yeh, M.D.
3655 Lomita Blvd Ste 315
Torrance, CA 90505

Dr. Alfred Marrone, M.D.
3440 Lomita Blvd Ste 451
Torrance, CA 90505

Dr. Mehran Taban, M.D.
Macula Retina Vitreous Center
23541 Madison St Ste 110
Torrance, CA 90505

Dr. Douglas Sakamoto, M.D.
3400 Lomita Blvd Ste 202
Torrance, CA 90505

Dr. Norman Byer, M.D.
3400 Lomita Blvd
Torrance, CA 90505

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