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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.

How to Drive Safely With Bioptic Telescopic Glasses

How To Watch Television and Recognize Faces

How To See Your Phone, Tablet and Computer

How To Read Mail, Magazines, & Other Printed Material

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

Screenshot 2020 06 30 When a low vision patient is told nothing more could be done Family Eyecare Center of Optometry

  • 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.

Dr. Ashcraft Helps Doctor Return to Normal Life Activities

Screenshot 2020 07 02 Dr Ashcraft helps patient regain her balance and get back to living life normally again

Driving, Seeing Television and Faces with Telescopic Lenses

Screenshot 2020 08 07 Driving, Seeing Television and Faces with Telescopic Lenses Family Eyecare Center of Optometry

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.

Burbank, California Highlights

Burbank is a large city in Los Angeles County. The city is close to downtown Los Angeles and Hollywood and is termed the “Media Capital of the World”. A number of entertainment and media companies are headquartered here including NBC, Walt Disney Company, ABC Studios, Marvel Studios, and Warner Bros Entertainment. Burbank’s downtown is at the base of Verdugo Mountains and is home to the famous Bob Hope airport.

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Burbank has a population of around 105,000 people and continues to develop as a large city. This growth is attributed to a growing employment sector, access to major transportation routes, and excellent public schools. Burbank has a youthful outlook, with a majority of its residents falling between the 24 and 45 years age bracket, whereas 30% of the population is under the age of 18. Burbank has an astonishingly low crime rate and is one of the best communities for young people, as noted by America’s Promise Alliance.

The city has a Mediterranean climate and is built on some seismic fault lines, making Burbank particularly prone to earthquakes. It has a rich cinematic history, with numerous classic films shot in Burbank. Examples include the 1942 classic Casablanca, Bonnie and Clyde, High Noon and Blazing Saddles. Burbank traces its roots back to Rancho San Rafael (1784) and Rancho Providencia (1821), with numerous military skirmishes decorating Burbank’s history. Investments in the late 1800s by entrepreneur and dentist, David Burbank, led the city’s transformation and eventually the city was named after him.

Downtown Burbank offers residents a unique mix of urban shopping and entertainment. The San Fernando Strip is a famous shopping mall area, with other town centers and districts opening around the city. The city has its own Burbank Philharmonic Orchestra, which frequently performs concerts. Other famous attractions for the residents of Burbank include the Starlight Bowl, a large amphitheater for outdoor entertainment, the Lose Angeles Equestrian Center, the Burbank Village, and numerous parks and libraries. Studio tours are also popular for locals and tourists alike.

Other points of interest include the Burbank Zoo, the Travel Town Museum, and Gordon R. Howard museum. Of the parks, McCambridge Park is a sprawling green area for toddlers and seniors alike. Burbank, California provides a number of outdoor dining options, including the oldest remaining Bob’s Big Boy restaurant, which was incorporated into California Point of Historical Interest list in 1993.

Burbank is home to many notable personalities including TV and film-star Blake Lively, Debbie Reynolds, baseball star Jason Hirsh, and famous director Tim Burton.

With its shopping districts, vibrant arts and culture scene, parks and recreational facilities, Burbank is a great place to explore at any age.

Burbank Locations and Landmarks

Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center

501 S Buena Vista St
Burbank, CA 91505

Burbank Occupational Health

3413 W Pacific Ave
Burbank, CA 91505

Vintage Burbank

2721 Willow St
Burbank, CA 91505

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Belmont Village Burbank

455 E. Angeleno Ave
Burbank, CA 91501

Burbank Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center

1041 S Main St
Burbank, CA 91506

Wildwood Canyon Park

1701 Wildwood Canyon Dr
Burbank, CA 91501