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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.

San Pedro, California Highlights

San Pedro, California has an extensive and long history. The San Pedro area was originally home to the Tongva Native Americans. Most of their villages were built right near the beach and they masterfully crafted a canoe like structure that they used to travel out to sea with. The history of San Pedro goes back even further than that with archeological findings that laces dates of origin around 8 – 10,000 years ago. San Pedro acquired its name from a bishop in Alexandria, Egypt by the name of Saint Peter of Alexandria.

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It wasn’t until 1769 when the Europeans decided to colonize and populate California, did San Pedro start to get recognition. However, this came with trade restrictions that led to a large amount of smuggling. It wasn’t until 1784 when King Carlos III permitted a Spanish land grant, giving the land to Juan Jose Dominguez and the trade restrictions were lifted. The city prospered after this under the name of New Spain of Atlas California. In 1848 The United States successfully defeated the Mexican army in the Mexican-American War, and San Pedro became U.S. territory.

San Pedro has even more history and is full of traditional values. It was actually the home of the U.S. Navy from 1919 to 1940. The Los Angeles port houses a portion of the San Pedro community. In the past San Pedro was known as a fishing community and since then has developed in a city that houses the working class of Los Angeles.

Roughly San Pedro is 12 square miles and approximately 6,400 citizens occupy each square mile. The average age in San Pedro is around 34 years of age. San Pedro is known for being ethnically diverse with a wide span of different ethnicities. Only 24 percent of its population that is over the age of 25 has a four year college degree, which is considered average within the city and county.

San Pedro has much to offer, with a wide variety of parks and beaches There are many parks and recreational centers, like the Point Fermin Park on Paseo Del Mar, which offers several annual events including the ‘Shakespeare By the Sea’, the Lions Club Car show, and lots of other events. Most of the parks offer picnicking, hiking, basketball, and soccer. The Point Fermin Park also has a lighthouse which is a historical landmark, offering tours. San Pedro also has a dog park, the Knoll Hill Off-Leash Dog Park featuring a 2.5 acre area for pets to roam freely. With the beaches there is plenty of room to fish, sail, swim, windsurf, bird watch, and explore marine life.

San Pedro offers many points of interests with significant landmarks. The Vincent Thomas Bridge, which connects San Pedro with Terminal Island, is the third longest suspension bridge in the California. Another prominent landmark is the Church of Mary Star of the Sea. There are also a few museums around the area such as the Pacific Battleship, the Muller House Museum, and the Los Angeles Maritime Museum.

San Pedro Locations and Landmarks

Peninsula Family Wellness Center

454 W Sixth St
San Pedro, CA 90731

Mary Medical Center San Pedro

1300 W. 7th Street
San Pedro, CA 90732

San Pedro & Peninsula YMCA

301 S Bandini St.
San Pedro, CA 90731

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Averill Park

1300 S Dodson Ave
San Pedro, CA 90732

White Point Park

1801 W Paseo Del Mar
San Pedro, CA 90731

Peck Park

560 N Western Ave
San Pedro, CA 90732


Harbor Terrace Retirement Community

435 W 8th St
San Pedro, CA 90731

San Pedro Regional Library Branch

931 South Gaffey St
San Pedro, CA 90731

Battleship USS Iowa

250 S Harbor Blvd
San Pedro, CA 90731