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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.

Hawthorne, California Highlights

Hawthorne is a city in Los Angeles County in the Southwest of California. Hawthorne was incorporated in 1992 and it currently covers an area of a six square mile. The city is located less than five miles from the Los Angeles international airport. It is surrounded by three major freeways; Interstate 105, Interstate 405 and Interstate 110. Hawthorne is close to several beaches. The beaches are Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach and Redondo Beach which are on the coastal towns.

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History of Hawthorne City

Hawthorne began its development in 1905 when it was founded by B.L. Harding and H.D. Lombard who purchased the land and built the Hawthorne Improvement Company. The name Hawthorne was chosen by Ms. Laurine Woolwine, the daughter of Harding. The company stood on an 80-acre plan and records from January 3rd, 1906 detail the first land sale.

The town was advertised by Hawthorne as "The town between the city and the sea." The company named many streets in Hawthorne and some of the names are used to this present day. On the western border, from north to south of the city a very wide street became Hawthorne Boulevard. Today that street is still the widest street in South of California. This city has a strip for parking which is very famous and is known as the world's longest parking lot. The parking lot extends three miles southward from Imperial Boulevard and past Rosecrans Avenue.

The company later induced people to go to Hawthorne by setting up many factories which offered employment to residents. They publicized the place as "The city that has more jobs than there are people." Through this means, the city grew up to the present day.

As the population grew, the first school named Wiseburn was set up. Since then improvement has taken place and the city has grown greatly.

Industrial and commercial development in Hawthorne began at a constant pace after the arrival of the Northrop Aircraft (today called the Northrop Grumman Corporation) in 1939. Hawthorne enjoyed a prosperity growth of jobs and in the real estate business after the breakthrough of a dozen firms that followed with the expansion of the aviation/aerospace industry. Hawthorne, once known as a small rural community, has grown to be a well-rounded city. Offering many job opportunities and better living standards has encouraged many people to locate to Hawthorne, California.

Hawthorne Locations and Landmarks

Hawthorne Convalescent Center

11630 Grevillea Ave
Hawthorne, CA 90250

Hawthorne Beach Chamber of Commerce

12519 Crenshaw Blvd
Hawthorne, CA 90250

St. Paul Medical Center of the S. Bay

12923 Inglewood Ave Ste 1
Hawthorne, CA 90250

More Locations


Hawthorne YMCA

4081 W. El Segando Blvd
Hawthorne, CA 90250

Jim Thorpe Park

14100 S Prairie Ave
Hawthorne, CA 90250

Del Aire Park

12601 Isis Ave
Hawthorne, CA 90250


Hawthorne Library

12700 Grevillea Ave
Hawthorne, CA 90250

Wiseburn Library

5335 West 135th St
Hawthorne, CA 90250

LA Fitness

4949 West 147Th St
Hawthorne, CA 90250