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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.

Rancho Palos Verdes, California Highlights

Rancho Palos Verdes is a city in the South Bay area of the County of Los Angeles. Popularly known as RPV, the city is known for its affluence and opulence. Currently one of the best places to live in the state of California, Rancho Palos Verdes was incorporated in the year 1973. The land of Rancho Palos Verdes as we know it today used to be the home of the Tongva tribe of the Native Americans until the Portuguese explorers reached California in the year 1542. The territory became a part of the Mexican land grant. It eventually exchanged hands several times until it came under the control of America after the Mexican-American War.

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Situated 62 minutes from downtown Los Angeles, Rancho Palos Verdes shares its borders with the Pacific Ocean and other cities in the County of Los Angeles. Let’s take a look at its neighbors:

  • The Pacific Ocean is on the west, southwest, south and southeast
  • Palos Verdes Estates is to the northwest
  • Rolling Hills and Rolling Hills Estates are to the north
  • San Pedro is to the east
  • The City of Los Angeles and Harbor City are to the northeast

The area of Rancho Palos Verdes is 13.39 sq. miles. The 42,448 residents make it one of the least densely populated cities in South Bay as well as the County of Los Angeles. Rancho Palos Verdes boasts a fairly diverse population. The degree of its racial diversity is moderate in comparison to the standards of both County of Los Angeles and the South Bay area.

Rancho Palos Verdes has a Mediterranean climate, only cooler. The highest temperature during summers would rarely cross the 78 degrees F. mark. In winters, the mercury seldom drops beyond 50 degrees F. The city receives very little rain and no snowfall. Given the fact that Rancho Palos Verdes is a coastal city, the weather here is considerably cooler than the inland regions of the LA Basin.

Rancho Palos Verdes is served by the Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District, under the jurisdiction of which there are 16 elementary schools, 1 middle school, and 2 high schools. Besides, there is a special school called Ernest P. Willenberg Special Education Center and intermediate schools like Miraleste Intermediate, Palos Verdes Intermediate, and Ridgecrest Intermediate. There is a dedicated school for arts namely the South Shores/CSUDH Visual and Performing Arts. The city has a few private schools as well.

Here are some notable locations in Rancho Palos Verdes:

  • Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District
  • Terranea Resort
  • The Canterberry
  • Green Hills Memorial Park
  • Belmont Village
  • Trump National Golf Club

The residents of Rancho Palos Verdes enjoy an active lifestyle. Apart from the coast, there are several parks and recreational facilities to unwind. The Eastview Park has children’s play area, jogging track, playground, picnic tables, and restrooms. The Clovercliff Park is an extremely beautiful landscaped park. It has a walking path and allows the people to bring along their dogs as long as they have a leash on. The Founders Park has a breathtaking view of the ocean. There are picnic tables, a gazebo and a walking track overlooking the spectacular vastness of the Pacific Ocean.

John Van Hamersveld is a well-known graphic designer who designs covers for the music bands. He has his residence in Rancho Palos Verdes CA.

Rancho Palos Verdes, Locations and Landmarks

Del Cerro Park

Park Place Rd
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

Abalone Cove Shoreline Park

5970 Palos Verdes Dr S
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

Fred Hesse Jr. Community Park

29301 Hawthorne Blvd
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

More Locations


Point Vicente Lighthouse & Interpretive Center

31501 Palos Verdes Dr W
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

Miraleste Branch Library

29089 Palos Verdes Dr E
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

Belmont Village Rancho Palos Verdes

5701 Crestridge Rd
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275