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Low Vision Optometrist in Westchester, Los Angeles, 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.

Manhattan Beach, California Highlights

Located on the Pacific Coast in southwestern Los Angeles County, Manhattan Beach is among the three Beach Cities of the South Bay. Boasting warm days and azure skies through the year, this city is considered to be among the prime tourist destinations in the United States.

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With acreage of 4.9 square miles, Manhattan Beach is stretched along 2.1 miles of coast, which makes it one of the most sought-after places to stay in California. The city is sectioned into distinct neighborhoods, with the Hill Section boasting amazing city views and a splendid ocean panorama. The Strand, with its ocean views, is among the most expensive real estate in the country. Housing here is generally expensive due to its close proximity to Los Angeles, reputable school districts, and its prime ocean-front property.

Some key landmarks of the city include Sand Dune Beach, the Manhattan Beach Pier, the Manhattan Beach Art Center, and the Manhattan Beach Historical House. The city has eleven parks, three community centers, eighteen tennis courts, and five basketball courts. It is also pedestrian and cyclist-friendly with its many walking and biking trails.

Manhattan Beach has an exciting array of exclusive boutiques and places to shop, especially at Manhattan Village Mall. There are also many well-liked restaurants, including the Tin Roof, Chili, Darren's, Fusion Sushi and Olive Garden.

Manhattan Beach hosts spectacular events and festivals every year, some of the most famous being the International Surf Festival and the Manhattan Beach Open Volleyball Tournament. Additionally, the annual Hometown Fair and the Concerts in the Park series run every summer.

Manhattan Beach Locations and Landmarks

Manhattan Beach Pier

2 Manhattan Beach Blvd
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

Providence Medical Institute

1010 N Sepulveda Blvd
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

Polliwog Park

1601 Manhattan Beach Blvd
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

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Live Oak Park

1601 Valley Dr
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

Marina Avenue Park

1625 Marine Ave
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

Manhattan Beach Library

1320 Highland Ave
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266