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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.

Marina del Rey, California Highlights

Marina del Rey is a coastal neighborhood in Los Angeles County surrounded by Venice, Westchester, Mar Vista, and Culver City. With a population of just 8,866, Marina del Rey has an area of 1.45 sq. miles. It is the largest man-made marina in the world, with a capacity to hold 5,300 boats at any given time.

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Marina del Rey has a pleasant, temperate climate. Residents say that Marina del Rey is the coolest of all the places in LA County. The beaches are breathtakingly beautiful and so is the view of the marina.

Marina del Rey has two parks, Yvonne B. Burke Park and Chase Park, where many people come to picnic and barbeque. This is also where all the local fairs, the Marina Summer Concerts, and the Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade are held. The Fisherman’s Village and the UCLA Marina Aquatic Center are major points of interest in the neighborhood.

Marina del Rey is a part of the Los Angeles Unified School District, with individuals attending school at Coeur d'Alene Avenue Elementary School, Marina del Rey Middle School, and Venice High School.

Marina del Rey has witnessed decent industrial development. Some manufacturing and service companies have their headquarters in Marina del Rey, including The Brain Technologies, AstroFlight, Guidance Solutions Inc., Gravity Interactive LLC, and Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers.

Marina del Rey Locations and Landmarks

Marina Del Rey Hospital

4650 Lincoln Blvd
Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

Ucla Healthcare

4560 Admiralty Way Ste 255
Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

Fisherman’s Village

13755 Fiji Way
Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

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Lloyd Taber-Marina del Rey Library

4533 Admiralty Way
Marina del Rey, CA 90292

Glen Alla Park

4601 Alla Rd
Marina del Rey, CA 90292

Burton W Chace Park

13650 Mindanao Way
Marina Del Rey, CA 90292