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Low Vision Services in Chatsworth, California

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Low Vision Optometrist Serving Chatsworth, 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.

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.

Chatsworth, California Highlights

Chatsworth, California is one of the many cities in the Los Angeles county area. This originally was controlled by the Spanish in the 18th century and later controlled by the Mexicans. The Mexicans obtained the land from one of the largest land grants ever in California. During the Mexican-American War, the United States gained control over the city in its victory.

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It has been noted that there were several Native American tribes that called this area home, according to some there native drawings located inside of caves in the mountains. There appear to be archeological findings that put Native Americans in the Chatsworth area more than 8,000 years ago.

After the U.S. gained control, the population started to change and the city began to flourish and develop. Chatsworth, California is home to just over 35,000 residents in its 15 square mile boundary. The residents of Chatsworth are considered old in comparison to the county with an average age of 40. For this particular area in the county, there seems to be a relatively high number of Caucasians and Asians.

In 1895 a new wagon road was developed to bypass Devil’s Slide. The new road was dubbed El Camino Nuevo or The New Road in translation. As the years passed it was changed to Chatsworth Grade Road further down the line. Nowadays this road is known to many as the Old Santa Susana Pass Road. It was considered new when it was established in 1917. Good old’ road knowledge does a body good. Not many know the history behind the roads that they drive on.

There are a lot of places in Chatsworth to see and things to do. Chatsworth is rich in culture and rests right under the Santa Susana Mountains. It also sits on top of Winnetka and Canoga Park. The activities that are available through parks and other recreational centers are family friendly and affordable.

Chatsworth, California has so much to offer, with a wide variety of parks, allowing residents to go out and explore nature. Chatsworth Park North has over 20 acres in the Simi Hills, offering a wide variety of outdoor activities such as baseball and football fields, hiking trails, jogging path, picnic tables, basketball and tennis courts, as well as a children’s play area.

Chatsworth Park South is a park that allows bouldering and rock-climbing. In the park, the Chatsworth Recreation Center can be found, as well as the historical landmark containing the Minnie Hill Palmer House, an original homestead house. Another great park located in Chatsworth, California, is the Stoney Point Park known as a historical site, which is perfect for outdoor lovers wanting to take a day trip. The park has hiking trails, rock climbing, dens, and natural caves. Chatsworth also has a Reservoir which is home to several fish species, and open to anyone wanting to try bait casting or even fly fishing.

Chatsworth Locations and Landmarks

Chatsworth Branch Library

21052 Devonshire St
Chatsworth, CA 91311

Mason Park

10500 Mason Ave
Chatsworth, CA 91311

Chatsworth Oaks Park

9301 Valley Circle Blvd
Chatsworth, CA 91311

More Locations


Santa Susana State Historic Park

22400 Devonshire St
Chatsworth, CA 91311

California Home for Seniors

21220 Devonshire St
Chatsworth, CA 91311

Care Patrol

21220 Devonshire St
Chatsworth, CA 91311


Emeritus at Chatsworth

20801 Devonshire St
Chatsworth, CA 91311

Chatsworth Park Heath Care Center

10610 Owensmouth Ave
Chatsworth, CA 91311

Chatsworth Historical Society

10385 Shadow Oak Dr
Chatsworth, CA 91311