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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

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  • 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.

Glendale, California Highlights

Situated at the eastern edge of the San Fernando Valley in the County of Los Angeles is the city of Glendale. The land was originally inhabited by the Tongva tribe of Native American for hundreds of years until the Spanish missionaries and settlers set their foot in the Valley. The land was used for farming and grazing the livestock for a long time.

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It was in the second half of the 19th century when Teodore Verdugo erected the Verdugo Abode and later on his descendants sold off the land for the purpose of development. Glendale came into existence in the year 1884, when the residents came together with an intention to form a township. Currently, it is the 9th safest city in the USA with a population greater than 100,000.

A part of the Verdugos area, Glendale shares its borders with various neighborhoods of the LA County.

  • Griffith Park and Burbank on the western side
  • Pasadena and Eagle Rock on the eastern side
  • Atwater village on the southern side
  • Tujunga and Sun Valley lie on the northwestern side
  • La Crescenta and La Cañada Flintridge are towards the northeastern side
  • Glassell Park is on the southeastern side

Glendale CA has an area of 30.63 sq. miles and according to the latest estimates the population of 200,167. The population density is commensurate with the average density for the County of Los Angeles. But Glendale is one of the densely populated cities in the Verdugos. The population is highly eclectic from the viewpoint of both the LA County and the Verdugos.

Glendale experiences Mediterranean climate with extreme temperature swings throughout the year. It is common during summers for the temperature to soar over 100 degrees. The winters are usually moderately cold. But during some years the temperature can drop below zero and it snows in Glendale. Thunderstorms are a common phenomenon during winters. Nevertheless, the spring and fall seasons are very pleasant.

Glendale CA is served by the Glendale Unified School District, which manages the public schools in the cities. There are 20 elementary schools, 4 middle schools, and 5 high schools. Besides, it also runs a school for students who have special needs; and the Verdugo academy for the homeschooled children. There is a Glendale Community College as well. Moreover, there are some private schools as well. Some of them are Armenian schools that were started taking into account the presence of a large Armenian community in the city.

The city is known to have 50 public parks; The Bonsall Park, Paseo Racquet Center and Park, Hidden Meadows Park, Orangewood Park to name a few. Most of them are very lavish parks that have children’s play area, picnic benches, barbecue pits, playgrounds, trail ways, lighted basketball courts, racquetball courts, volleyball courts and tennis courts. There are recreation centers with special facilities. Some of them have golf courses, dog parks, gyms, restaurants and special support programs for the adults.

Glendale CA enjoys a robust economy with well-flourished industrial development in the region. Nestlé has based its US headquarter in Glendale. International House of Pancakes is the US-based chain of specialized restaurants that has its headquarter in Glendale and so does Avery Dennison, a bigwig from the packaging industry. The subsidiary of German software development company Nero AG operates in Glendale as well. Not to mention the presence of Dreamworks Animation, Marvel Animation, Disney Interactive and DisneyToon Studios in the region. Glendale Adventist Medical Center, Glendale Unified School District, Glendale Memorial Medical Center and Glendale Community College also employ the major part of city’s working populace.

The Glendale Galleria is the third largest shopping precinct in the County of Los Angeles. It has large retail outlets like Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s, JCPenney, and Target. Zara will soon be added to the list too.

Glendale CA has been mentioned a couple of times in the popular TV sitcom The Big Bang Theory. Sheldon Cooper once refers to his girlfriend Amy Farrah Fowler as a ‘hotsy-totsy from Glendale’. Also when once Sheldon was learning to drive on the simulator, Leonard asked him how he managed to get on the second floor of the Glendale Galleria.

Glendale has been a home to many a prominent personalities in the world of arts and entertainment. Shia LaBeouf, Paul Walker, Eva Mendes, Edward Furlong, Robert Englund are few of the many celebs who have had or still have their names associated with the city of Glendale.

Glendale Locations and Landmarks

Glendale Adventist Medical Center

1509 Wilson Ter
Glendale, CA 91206

Glendale Public Library

222 E Harvard St
Glendale, CA 91205

Library Connection

1100 E Chevy Chase Dr
Glendale, CA 91205

More Locations

Chevy Chase Branch Library

3301 E Chevy Chase Dr
Glendale, CA 91206

Nibley Park

1103 E Mountain St
Glendale, CA 91207

Casa Adobe De San Rafael and Park

1330 Dorothy Dr
Glendale, CA 91202