40 Years Of Helping People With Vision Loss
Low Vision is a condition, whether caused by eye disease, genetics, trauma, or other events, where fully corrected vision with conventional glasses, contact lenses or refractive surgery, remains insufficient to do what you want to do.
Some consider low vision to be less than 20/40 vision. Others consider it to be less than 20/70 vision. However, The International Academy of Low Vision Specialists (IALVS) believes that the inability to see well enough to do those tasks you want to continue doing, even with your best glasses (contacts or refractive surgery) is sufficient reason to seek the help of a low vision optometrist.
In a case of Low Vision, the patient is typically unable to perform basic everyday tasks. This includes:
- Difficulty with getting around independently
- Using the computer
- Watching television
- Recognizing Faces
The burden of such a sudden loss of independence means that Low Vision not only robs the patient of functional capability, it also leaves the patient mentally and emotionally devastated.
While commonly associated with seniors over the age of 60, Low Vision also affects children and adults of all ages. Age-Related Macular Degeneration is the most common cause for Low Vision in the US, however patients from all over California visit for Low Vision care for a wide variety of conditions and diseases.
During your low vision eye exam, Dr. Harold Ashcraft will determine your level of vision, see if new regular glasses will be an improvement, discuss your wish list and help decide the best solution to help you regain as much day to day functioning as possible.
You will discuss with Dr. Harold Ashcraft what your specific vision goals are, such as reading, writing, recognizing faces, watching TV, or driving. We will determine what areas of your vision are lacking, whether central or peripheral. We will then recommend the various low vision aids or devices that will help you do what you want to do. The low vision exam takes about an hour. Dr. Richard Shuldiner, the founder of the International Academy of Low Vision Specialists explains further:
Our patients are often moved to tears when they can get back to doing the things they love. We have shared some of our patient's experiences in order to show the dramatic life-changing nature of low vision care.
A Low Vision Eye Exam should be conducted as soon as you have received a diagnosis of an eye disease or condition that could lead to Low Vision. A Low Vision optometrist stays up to date on the latest research in slowing down the progression of vision loss, so it is essential to book a Low Vision exam right away. Most of our patients visit us after years of struggling with severe vision loss. If you or a loved one have a visual impairment, call our Low Vision doctor for a free phone consultation to understand how you may be helped. If you are in doubt our Los Angeles low vision optometrist can help, we encourage you to call and Dr. Harold Ashcraft will be happy to discuss your concerns on the phone.
A low vision optometrist fits custom vision aids and devices, which allow the Low Vision patient to maximize the use of their remaining vision in the most effective way possible. This allows someone suffering from Low Vision to regain their ability to perform everyday tasks, as well as their independence and human dignity.
For example, A 65-year-old patient with Macular Degeneration wanted to be able to go shopping and visit people without feeling like a burden on others. Our Low Vision optometrist, Dr. Harold Ashcraft, custom designed bioptic telescope glasses that enabled the patient to drive, read, and go shopping once again, without needing the help of others.
Driving rules are complex and constantly changing. We have helped low vision patients from all over California regain their independence and drive again with bioptic telescope glasses.
DMV Driving Laws For Telescope Glasses In California
Did you know that most US states allow driving with bioptic telescopes?
Custom fit bioptic telescope glasses allow a driver to alternate between a normal view and a magnified view to read road signs, see traffic lights and emergencies.
This is similar to using the side or rear view mirrors as needed in normal driving. Our Low Vision Doctor, Dr. Harold Ashcraft, has enabled countless patients in California to regain the ability to drive again.
There Is Hope For Families Of Low Vision Patients
If your father, mother, spouse or child is visually impaired, it can cause intense tension and strain at home. Your loved one suffering from Low Vision will likely be stressed, angry, or depressed about his or her condition and loss of independence. It is important to keep in mind the incredible stress that vision loss causes. As family members, you should encourage your loved ones to explore the possibilities that low vision care opens up. Members of the IALVS use demonstrator low vision glasses and devices during the low vision evaluation to show the patient how they can keep performing the desired tasks. If the patient does not want to speak with Dr. Harold Ashcraft, we encourage children or spouses to talk to Dr. Harold Ashcraft to discuss how we can help.
Our Specialty Eye Care Devices
CLEAR IMAGE PRISMATIC READER
E-SCOOP MEN'S FRAME, ORANGE LENS
FULL DIAMETER TELESCOPE GLASSES
E-SCOOP WOMEN'S FRAME, YELLOW LENS
ONE PIECE PRISMATIC MICROSCOPE
LOWER POWER TELESCOPE GLASSES
SIDE VISION AWARENESS GLASSES