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Dr. Harold Ashcraft OD

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Low Vision Services in Sierra Madre , CA

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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

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Driving, Seeing Television and Faces with Telescopic Lenses

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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
Pigmentosa.

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.

Sierra Madre CA Highlights


Sierra Madre is a small city found in Los Angeles County. It is located between Pasadena/Altadena in the west and Arcadia in the south and east.

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Sierra Madre is known for its famous Wistaria Festival (80 W Sierra Madre Blvd Ste 405, Sierra Madre). One of its Chinese wisteria vines was planted in the 1890s and it is in the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest flowering plant. Measuring over 1 acre in size and weighing approximately 2050 tons. The vine is only able to be seen one day a year during the festival.

Because of its close location to Los Angeles and the surrounding media cities, various media has been produced or filmed in Sierra Madre. Such media include The Wedding Singer (Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore), The Princess Diaries (Julie Andrews and Anne Hathaway) and Legally Blonde (Reese Witherspoon)

Sierra Madre Locations and Landmarks



Center for Living Independence for Multi-Handicapped Blind (CLIMB)

161 West Sierra Madre Boulevard
Sierra Madre, California 91024

The Kensington Sierra Madre

245 W Sierra Madre Blvd
Sierra Madre, CA 91024

Mt. Wilson Trailhead

Mt Wilson Trail
Sierra Madre, CA 91024



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Sierra Vista Park

611 E Sierra Madre Blvd
Sierra Madre, CA 91024



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