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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.

Reseda, California Highlights

Originally peopled by the Tongva tribe of Native Americans, the land came to be known as the town of Merian when it originated 1912. After a vote of the residents, the town’s name was changed to Reseda in the year 1921. This was mainly to avoid any confusion at the Fourth Class Post Office that had been recently established.

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A neighborhood in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles County, Reseda had been primarily an agricultural community for a long time. It was during the late 1940s that real estate development commenced in the region, making it one of the very first suburbs in the Valley. Reseda is located 53 minutes north-west of the city of Los Angeles.

Geographically speaking, Reseda lies to the south of Northridge, which is an affluent neighborhood in Los Angeles County. Reseda is on the west of the Lake Balboa. It is surrounded by two of the most elite neighborhoods, Encino, and Tarzana on the southern side. On the western side of Reseda is Winnetka, another neighborhood of Los Angeles County. Reseda has an area of 5.87 sq. miles.

One can easily notice the fact that the population of Reseda comprises people from diverse ethnicities. The eclectic combination of Whites, Asians, Blacks, Latinos, and other minor ethnic groups make Reseda highly diverse for the LA County. The population density is in line with the average of the LA County.

Coming to Reseda’s climate, the region is sunny for the most part of the year. The summers are somewhat dry and the winters are chilly. However, the temperatures aren’t enormously extreme in either season.

Reseda boasts over 10 elementary schools and 4 high schools, both public and private. There are learning centers for adults as well; such as the Reseda Community Adult School. Special schools like the Joaquin Miller Career and Transition Center, and institutes like Sven Lokrantz Special Education Center, Diane S. Leichman Special Education Center, Applied Scholastics Academy Valley came into being for specialized training and focus on specific fields of study.

The major proportion of the working population of Reseda is engaged in sales, and office administration jobs, followed by managerial level assignments in the financial services and business administration. A large number of professionals are involved in activities like production, material moving, transportation, building maintenance, and catering services. A small portion of the working populace belongs to the engineering healthcare, personal care, entertainment and law enforcement. Farming and fishery have taken backseat overtime.

Though a small neighborhood, there is a strong sense of belongingness among the people towards their community. The cultural scenario in Reseda is very strong. People come together at the Reseda Park and Recreation Center to mingle as they picnic together or play sports. Like most other recreational centers, this one too has barbecue pits, picnic tables, and children’s play area. In addition, there are tennis courts, outdoor basketball courts, volleyball courts, a baseball diamond, and a swimming pool for the sports enthusiasts.

Reseda has been featured in films like The Karate Kid, Boogie Nights, Erin Brockovich, Terminator 2: The Judgment Day etc. Apart from the movies, some episodes of the popular TV series like My Name is Earl, Entourage, The X-Files, and many more were shot in Reseda. There are some famous people who have lived in Reseda CA. They are actor Martin Donovan, boxer Zachary Wohlman, former member of LA City Council Donald Lorenzen, and NASCAR driver Jim Robinson.

Over the last eight decades, the population of Reseda has risen from meager 1800 to a whopping 74,641. Real estate development has certainly made Reseda an excellent place to live. Reseda is a peaceful neighborhood.

Reseda Locations and Landmarks

West Valley Regional Branch Library

19036 Vanowen St
Reseda, CA 91335

Em Gee Film Library

6924 Canby Ave Ste 103
Reseda, CA 91335

Little Free Library Reseda

6917 Enfield Ave
Reseda, CA 91335

More Locations


Covello Manor Assisted Living

18807 Covello St.
Reseda, CA 91335

Oasis Senior Living

7001 Garden Grove Ave
Reseda, CA 91335

Infinity Assisted Senior Living

18300 Roscoe Blvd 206
Los Angeles, CA 91325


West Valley Park

6731 Wilbur Ave
Reseda, CA 91335

Reseda Recreation Center

18411 Victory Blvd
Reseda, CA 91335

Reseda Park

18411 Victory Blvd
Reseda, CA 91335