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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.

Woodland Hills, California Highlights

Woodland Hills, California is a scenic and prosperous neighborhood in the city of Los Angeles. To be precise, it is located in the southwestern part of the San Fernando Valley of the Los Angeles Country. It is just 30 minutes northwest of the City of Los Angeles. The posh neighborhood sprawls across 14.77 sq. miles. West Hills, Winnetka and Canoga Park surround Woodland Hills from the northern side while the Santa Monica Mountains envelop its southern border.

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The land was originally inhabited by the Chumash and Tataviam tribes of the Native Americans for several centuries. The Spanish were the first among the Europeans to set their foot in the San Fernando Valley with an aim to spread Christianity and colonize the region. Thereafter, the Spanish Mission yielded mixed results due to the intervention by the Mexican Government.

Woodland Hills has quite a history. Victor Girard Kleinberger made a contribution towards what the neighborhood of Woodland Hills is today. He bought acres of land with a view to develop his own township by attracting citizens and businesses by providing infrastructure, spreading the word with superfluous ads in the newspaper and a massive tree plantation spree. After several years in 1945, Girard’s township was merged with Los Angeles and renamed as the Woodland Hills.

The neighborhood hasn’t witnessed massive industrial development, primarily because of the unfavorable business environment over the years, which drove the manufacturing and aerospace businesses out of the region. However, the Warner Center remains the major commercial hub. It boasts an assortment of different industries all at one place; such as financial, healthcare, and professional services.

Woodland Hill experiences a Mediterranean Climate, which is why the temperature during the summer and the winters are at their extremes. It also happens to be the hottest region in the San Fernando Valley. It is very strange how a nearby place such as Malibu has a temperature 40 degrees lower than Woodland Hills.

Speaking of the demographic scenario, the Woodland Hills has a very high percentage of white people; which is highest among the entire county. The percentage of people belonging to other ethnicities like Asian, Latino, and Black etc is very low. The percentage of veterans in Woodland Hills who served in the Second World War also happens to be the highest in the county. Nevertheless, Woodland Hills is sparsely populated.

Woodland Hills has an active socio-cultural environment. The Woodland Hills Country Club has the best things to offer. It has a beautiful golf course, fine dining and recreational arrangements for the citizens. The Woodland Hills Recreation Center is more about sports. It has a swimming pool, basketball courts, a soccer field, baseball diamond.

As mentioned earlier, Woodland Hills CA is a well-heeled neighborhood. There are plenty of job opportunities in the service industry. Woodland Hills has 7 elementary schools, 3 middle schools, 3 high schools and an adult school which is basically an occupational training center. The neighborhood has one college, i.e., the Los Angeles Pierce College.

There are several sportsmen and celebrities who have spent a fair share of their time in Woodland Hills. Lisa Kudrov, Wilmer Valderrama, Steve Smith, Zachary Wohlman, Robin Yount are some of the popular people in the world of sports and entertainment who come from Woodland Hills.

Woodland Hills Locations and Landmarks

Woodland Hills Branch Library

22200 Ventura Blvd
Woodland Hills, CA 91364

Platt Library

23600 Victory Blvd
Woodland Hills, CA 91367

Kaiser Permanente Medical Center

5601 De Soto Ave.
Woodland Hills, CA 91365

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Warner Center Park

5800 Topanga Canyon Blvd
Woodland Hills, CA 91367

Top of Topanga Overlook

3400 N Topanga Canyon Blvd
Woodland Hills, CA 91364

Harmony Place

23041 Hatteras St
Woodland Hills, CA 91367


Concepts For Living

Woodland Hills, CA 91367

West Muholland Trail Head

21144 Mulholland Dr
Woodland Hills, CA 91364