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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.

Hermosa Beach, California Highlights

Hermosa Beach is one of the three beach cities in the County of Los Angeles. The oceanfront city sitting along the coast of the Pacific Ocean is situated in the South Bay region. Initially during the 18th century, the city was a part of Rancho San Pedro Spanish land grant. Later it went on to become a part of Rancho Sausal Redondo Mexican land grant. Hermosa Beach had been an agricultural community for a long time. The land was used for growing grains, grazing the sheep and housing the farm animals.

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It was at the beginning of the 20th century when A.E. Pomroy, the landlord of a larger division of the Rancho Sausal Redondo sold the 2.35 sq. miles of land to the development company named Sherman and Clark. Soon after, the development of Hermosa Beach started and gradually turned to be what it is today. Hermosa Beach shares its borders with two other beach cities. Redondo Beach lies across its eastern and southern borders while Manhattan Beach lies on the northern side. To the west is the Pacific Ocean.

Hermosa Beach spans across 1.4 sq. miles and the estimated population is 19,891. The city happens to be one of the densely populated areas in both South Bay and the County of Los Angeles.

Hermosa Beach is blessed with pleasant, moderate climatic conditions. The temperature usually ranges between 78 degrees F. during summers and 45 degrees during winters. The city receives very little rainfall and no snow. It’s sunny in Hermosa Beach most days of the year. The mornings during May, June, and July are usually foggy because of the difference in the temperature of the ocean currents. Nevertheless, the skies become clear by noon.

Hermosa Beach CA is served by the Hermosa Beach City School District. The district has 2 elementary and 2 high schools under its jurisdiction. The Hermosa Beach City School District is one of the best performers in the state of California. Hermosa Beach also has a private Catholic school, Our Lady of Guadalupe.

Hermosa Beach CA is an affluent city given its economic development. The supermarket chains like Vons and Ralphs are the major employers in the city. Other important businesses in the city are:

Hermosa Beach School District, City of Hermosa Beach, The 24 Hour Fitness, Shorewood      Realtors, The Comedy & Magic Club, Intensive Behavior Intervention, and Hope Chapel

Being an oceanfront city, Hermosa Beach has a vibrant sporting scenario. The people love to surf the waves, sunbathe and enjoy the drinks at the beachside bars. The Marvin Braude Bike Trail that runs alongside the Pacific Ocean is frequented by scores of joggers, cyclists, and walkers every day. Paddleboarding and Volleyball are yet another popular sports enjoyed by the people. The city also hosts the All Volleyball Professional Hermosa Beach Open tournament and other volleyball tournaments for amateurs. The city has facilities for Tennis, Basket Ball, Baseball, Roller Hockey, Lawn Bowling and Skate Boarding. Besides, there are tastefully landscaped parks like the Edith Rodaway Friendship Park and the Valley Park that have children’s play area, a playground, fire pits and picnic tables as well.

There are a number of personalities from the world of entertainment and sports that have their names associated with Hermosa Beach in some or the other ways. These include actors Dylan O’Brien, John Reardon, Jack Black, Meghan Ory and Christopher Knight and sportspersons Morgan Ensberg, Jim Finn and Eric Fonoimoana. Some of the episodes of the drama TV series Summerland were shot in Hermosa Beach.

Hermosa Beach Locations and Landmarks

Hermosa Beach Pier

1 Pier Ave
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254

Hermosa Beach Chamber of Commerce

1007 Hermosa Ave
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254

Comedy & Magic Club

1018 Hermosa Ave
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254

More Locations


Paradise Bowls

1246 Hermosa
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254

Greenbelt Park

1645 Valley Dr
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254

Noble Park

14th to 15th Streets & The Strand
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254


Hermosa Beach Friends of the Library

550 Pier Ave
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254

Hermosa Beach Library

550 Pier Ave
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254

Sunrise Assisted Living

1837 Pacific Coast Hwy
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254