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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.

Pasadena, California Highlights

Pasadena is the ninth largest city in Los Angeles County and the 183rd largest city in the United States. It has a population of around 140,000 people and is one of the major cultural centers in the San Gabriel Valley. Pasadena was established as a city in 1886, the second city after Los Angeles itself. The earliest settlers in the region were the Tongva and Hahamongna people, and the city was later part of the Rancho del Rincon de San Pascual. In the early 20th century, Pasadena became famous as a resort city, which led to its massive growth until the Great Depression era. During World War II, Pasadena became an important area for manufacturing and technology companies.

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Pasadena is surrounded by the San Gabriel Mountains and the San Rafael Hills. Major cities that border Pasadena include Temple City, Arcadia, and Glendale.

Pasadena is nationally renowned as the host of the yearly Rose Bowl football game and the Tournament of Roses Parade, which is held in May. This parade is one of the most famous in the United States. The Rose Bowl Stadium is the home for UCLA Bruins’ football team and has hosted five Super Bowl finals, the final of the 1994 FIFA World Cup, and many of the 1984 Summer Olympics events. Pasadena is also known for its science, technology, and art institutions. One of the greatest engineering universities in the world, California Institute of Technology (Caltech) is located in Pasadena, as well as the Art Center College of Design and the Pacific Asia Museum. The city has advanced public transportation systems and is served by the Bob Hope airport in nearby Burbank.

The notable points of interest in Pasadena include the Ambassador Auditorium, where the local Pasadena Symphony performs several times a year. It is the center of performing arts in the area and has hosted numerous art events, such as the bi-annual ArtNight Pasadena. The Norton Simon Museum is a standout cultural center with extensive European Renaissance art collections as well as a unique sculpture garden. Twice a month, a Rose Bowl flea market gathers on the stadium grounds with things including vintage clothing and eclectic antiques.

Old Town Pasadena is a long stretch in the downtown region which offers residents an exhaustive list of restaurants, cafes, and galleries, surrounded with historical architecture. The Civic Auditorium in Pasadena hosts American Idol every year and previously was the venue for the Emmy Awards. Numerous television shows actively film in a quaint and beautiful city. The Arlington Park and Garfield Park are just two of numerous excellent outdoor areas. There are always a number of events one could find in the glorious Pasadena.

Pasadena Locations and Landmarks

Huntington Memorial Hospital

100 W California Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91105

After Hours Pediatric Urgent Care – Pasadena

504 South Sierra Madre Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91107

Huntington Outpatient Surgery Center

797 S Fair Oaks Ave
Pasadena, CA 91105

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West Coast Urgent Care Centers

600 South Lake Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91106

YMCA-McKinley Site

325 S Oak Knoll Ave
Pasadena, CA 91101

Arlington Garden

295 Arlington Dr
Pasadena, CA 91105