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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.

Thousand Oaks, California Highlights

Located in South-eastern Ventura County, California, Thousand Oaks is 35 miles from Downtown Los Angeles. It earned its worthy name due to the fact that hundreds of oak trees grew in that area. As a result, the city’s seal also features an oak tree in it. The history of this city is particularly unique – it was created by the Janss Investment Company as part of a master planned city around the year 1955. It was spread over an area of 10,000 acres, and in the beginning, it featured 2,000 single-family residences, 1000 custom home lots, a 200-acre industrial park and a lot of shopping centers.

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Today, Thousand Oaks is generally recognized as a premiere community and it considered one of the most sought out places to live in America by the wealthy. It prides itself on the sheer volume of open lands it has, all of which are used regularly by the community residents to go biking, hiking or just for morning and evening leisure walks. Even though it’s a city, it maintains a relationship with nature, setting it apart from the majority of cities in California. It therefore goes without saying that it has a very conspicuous distinction.

One of Southern California's first theme parks was in Thousand Oaks, called Jungleland USA. It entertained thousands of families and camping lovers from the 1940s until 2 decades later. In fact it was so popular that a couple of Hollywood films used that theme park as part of its backdrops, the names of which included Tarzan, Birth of a Nation and The Adventures of Robin Hood. However, increasing competition from Disneyland and Knott's Berry Farm forced the theme park to shut down in 1968 and in its place today stands the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Center

One place most popular among tourists is the Civic Arts Plaza which was inaugurated in 1994. Today, the Plaza has become the center for the city’s collection of cultural arts, featuring world class concerts, musicals, ballets, children’s shows and a lot more. In fact, the city has also been host to the Amgen Tour of California several times, which has also been recognized as America’s biggest and most popular cycling event. It also has a huge commitment to the private-public partnerships, which can be witnessed in the Thousand Oaks Boulevard Specific Plan, a revitalized downtown for the city.

A lesser known fact about the city is that it was incorporated in the Conejo Valley on October 7, 1964. A lot of people still confuse that date with the date on which voters voted for the incorporation of the city, which was on September 29, 1964. Amongst its numerous achievements are the following -

  • Ranked #1 by FBI's 2013 Uniform Crime Reports Safest Cities Rankings in California and #4 in the US.
  • Called “Top 50 Bike-Friendly Cities in America” by Bicycling Magazine
  • Kiplinger ranked it #4 in its "10 Great Cities to Raise Your Kids"
  • Featured in the Safewise 50 Safest Cities in California
  • Popular Science Magazine named it as one of the 50 greenest cities in America
  • The 2013 Government Green Fleet Award gave it a ranking of 50

Thousand Oaks Locations and Landmarks

Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center

215 W Janss Rd
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360

Thousand Oaks Surgical Hospital

401 Rolling Oaks Dr
Thousand Oaks, CA 91361

Ventura County Medical Center

72 Moody Ct
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360

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Hospital Group

327 S Moorpark Rd
Thousand Oaks, CA 91361

Challenge Physical Therapy

166 N Moorpark Rd
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360

Atria Hillcrest

405 Hodencamp Road
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360


Hillcrest Royale Retirement Living

190 E Hillcrest Dr
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360

Conejo Creek North Park

1379 E Janss Rd
Thousand Oaks, CA 91362

Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area

401 W Hillcrest Dr
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360