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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.

Santa Monica, California Highlights

Santa Monica is one of the most happening cities in the Westside of Los Angeles. It is a beachfront city that got its name from the Christian Saint, Monica. It sprawls across 8.41 sq. miles of land and has a population of 89,736 people, according to the 2010 census.

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The pleasant climate of Santa Monica contributes to the city becoming a famous resort destination. The city is sunny for over 300 days a year, and the temperature usually ranges between 48 F and 80 F. Being located along the Santa Monica Bay, the city experiences fog during the months of May, June, and July, mainly because of the temperature variations between the land and the ocean in the morning.

The schools in Santa Monica belong to the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District. There are eight elementary schools, two middle schools, and two high schools, all of which are district managed public schools. Apart from these, there are nine private schools offering education for different grades and three colleges. These colleges include the Art Institute of California – Los Angeles, Santa Monica College, and Frederick S. Pardee RAND Graduate School.

Several prominent organizations have their headquarters in Santa Monica. These include RAND Corporation, Atlantic Aviation, Lionsgate Films, Universal Music Group, Cloud Imperium Games, Activision Blizzard Inc., and Naughty Dog. Santa Monica is also home to numerous start-up companies. Some of the major employers in the city include the City of Santa Monica, Santa Monica College, Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District, Santa Monica - UCLA Medical Center, and Saint John's Health Center.

Many residents of Santa Monica take interest in protecting and preserving the natural environment. Santa Monica is the first city to take up an all-inclusive sustainability program, with an emphasis on water conservation and waste reduction

Santa Monica is a great place to live for those who have a passion for being active. The city is a haven for skateboarding fanatics and surfers. People love to walk in the scenic Palisades Park overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Santa Monica is also home to the Santa Monica Rugby Club, a semi-professional team founded in the year 1972. The team is one of the fiercest contenders in the Pacific Rugby Premiership and has recently joined the Rugby Super League as well.

Santa Monica has several tourist attractions, most notably the Santa Monica Pier. Within a short walking distance, there are many places to relax, eat, and shop at the Third Street Promenade. Many movies have been filmed in Santa Monica, including Speed, Hannah Montana: The Movie, 17 Again, Ocean's Eleven, and Iron Man.

Santa Monica Locations and Landmarks

Saint John’s Health Center

2121 Santa Monica Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90404

Nethercutt Emergency Center

1225 15th St
Santa Monica, CA 90404

Santa Monica YMCA Child Dev Center

1332 6th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90401

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Third Street Promenade

1351 3rd St Promenade Ste 201
Santa Monica, CA 90405

Santa Monica Pier

100 Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica, CA 90401

Santa Monica Family YMCA

1332 6th St
Santa Monica, CA 90401


lover Park

2600 Ocean Park Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90405

Mary Hotchkiss Park

2302 4th St
Santa Monica, CA 90405

South Beach Park Playground

Barnard Way & Marine St
Santa Monica, CA 90405