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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.

Sherman Oaks, California Highlights

Situated in the Southeastern section of the San Fernando Valley in close proximity to Los Angeles, Sherman Oaks is a beautiful picturesque city that boasts amazing climes, lovely parks, iconic landmarks, and friendly folks! This city covers 8.1 square miles and is home to some of Hollywood’s biggest heroes. With a prime tourism industry and thriving business district, Sherman Oaks is among the most affluent cities in California.

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This city was founded in 1927 after Moses Hazeltine Sherman, and encompasses some major points of interest such as the Sherman Oaks Galleria, the Van Nuys Sherman Oaks Park, Sherman Oaks Castle Park and the Village at Sherman Oaks. While California has its fair share of beautiful towns, there’s none quite like Sherman Oaks which is why so many celebs wish to live here.

Real Estate prices in the city are among the highest in the nation and are attributed to the high cost of living in the city, the excellent school system, the close-knit community and the fact that so many of Tinsel town’s celebs grew up here!

Some of the famed movie and sports celebrities who’ve grown up in Sherman Oaks include Rachel Bilson, Kirsten Dunst, Terry Donahue, Jerry Mathers and Katherine McPhee, to mention a few. Others who are residents of Sherman Oaks CA include Charlie Sheen, Jennifer Aniston, Jean Rogers, Phil Hartman and Shia Labeouf.

Sherman Oaks CA is home to the annual Sherman Oaks Street Fair which takes place on the third Sunday in October and is a sight to be seen, with residents dancing in the streets! The fair takes place over a distance of nine blocks on Ventura Boulevard and is a fun-filled event with food stalls, plenty of live music and a chance to showcase your talents.

Like most cities in California, Sherman Oaks is heaven for those who love the art of food! This city is home to some very up-scale and exclusive restaurants as well as local bistros and taverns with mouthwatering cuisine. Some restaurants featured in Sherman Oaks include Barone's Famous Italian Restaurant, The Great Greek, Il Tiramisu, Casa Vega, Siam Cabin, to mention a few.

This city boasts a very artsy-bohemian scene with quaint art galleries, eclectic events and up-scale boutiques. Unlike other cities in the San Fernando Valley, this city is quite urbanized and boasts a trendy business atmosphere with huge shopping complexes rubbing shoulders with tall office buildings and boutique hotels. If you’re looking for retail therapy, the Village at Sherman Oaks, Sherman Oaks Galleria and Westfield Fashion Square are the places to head to.

Parks at Sherman Oaks encompass the Van Nuys Sherman Oaks Park and the Sherman Oaks Castle Park. The Van Nuys Sherman Oaks Park is very large and features an array of sporting facilities such as a swimming pool, a soccer field, tennis courts, an auditorium, a community room, eight baseball diamonds and an indoor gymnasium!

Sherman Oaks with its throbbing business atmosphere, luxury spas, boutique hotels, upscale restaurants, wide variety of retail shops and a picturesque façade is the quintessential Californian city, which is why it’s among the top cities in the United States!

Sherman Oaks Locations and Landmarks

Sherman Oaks Hospital

4929 Van Nuys Blvd
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

The Pump Connection

14106 Magnolia Blvd
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

Kokin Healing Center

4955 Van Nuys Blvd
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

More Locations


White Memorial Medical Center

14637 Ventura Blvd
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

Sherman Oaks Branch Library

14245 Moorpark St
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

Studio City Branch Library

12511 Moorpark St
Studio City, CA 91604


Van Nuys Branch Library

4348 Woodman Ave
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

Van Nuys Sherman Oaks Park

14201 Huston St
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

The BEAT Fitness

4348 Woodman Ave
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423