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Low Vision Services in Palos Verdes Estates, California

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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.

Palos Verdes Estates, California Highlights

Palos Verdes Estates is an elite city in the South Bay area of the County of Los Angeles. Incorporated in the year 1939, the city was planned and designed by the famous landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr. Palos Verdes Estates lies along the western coast of the Pacific Ocean, surrounded by other cities of the County of Los Angeles. Redondo Beach lies to the north of Palos Verdes Estates while Rancho Palos Verdes lies to the south and southeast. Rolling Hills is to the east and Rolling Hills Estates is to the northeast.

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Palos Verdes Estates is one of the more costly cities in the USA. However, it is one of the best places to live in. Palos Verdes spans across 4.73 sq. miles and has an estimated population of 13,680. It is one of the least densely populated cities from the standpoint of the County of Los Angeles as well as the South Bay area.

Palos Verdes Estates enjoys a mild and pleasant Mediterranean climate given its proximity to the ocean. The temperature usually stays between 78 degrees F. and 50 degrees F. all through the year. The rainfall is scanty. However, it rains more during the winter than it does during the summer. The city, like most other cities in the South Bay, is sunny for most days of the year.

Palos Verdes Estates is served by the Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District. There are 3 elementary schools, 1 high school and 1 middle school in the city, all of which are public schools. There is a private school as well; The Coastline High School. The Palos Verdes Peninsula High School is under the same school district but located in Rolling Hills Estates. It is ranked as the 8th best school in the country.

Palos Verdes is an affluent city with most people belonging to the high-income group. Sales and office administration forms the largest segment of Palos Verdes’ job market, followed by management and financial services. The healthcare segment ranks third and the engineering industry is the fourth largest source of employment. A small percentage of people are engaged in law enforcement, professional services, arts, and entertainment.

The city has several coves, some of which were used to film the parts of the movie Pirates of the Caribbean. Sportspersons like Matt Barnes and Anderson Silva have shared an association with Palos Verdes Estates. The same goes for musician Gary Wright, game developing and designing genius Shigeru Miyamoto, and neuroscientist/author/musician Daniel Levitin.

Palos Verdes Estates Locations and Landmarks

Palos Verdes Golf Club

2325 Palos Verdes Dr W
Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274

Foot Path along Palos Verdes Dr W

Paseo Del Mar to Lunada Pointe
Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274

Memorial Garden

Via Corta
Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274

More Locations


Palos Verdes Estates Shoreline Preserve

Palos Verdes Dr W
Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274

Malaga Cove Library

2400 Via Campesina
Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274

Lunada Bay Park

Palos Verdes Dr W & Via Carrillo
Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274