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Southern California area


Dr. Richard Shuldiner

Richard J. Shuldiner, OD, F.A.A.O., founded the International Academy

of Low Vision Specialists in 2006. All of the members of the Academy have received extensive advanced training in Low Vision Care by Dr. Shuldiner in his California Offices.

Richard J. Shuldiner, OD, F.A.A.O., founded the International Academy of Low Vision Specialists in 2006. All of the members of the Academy have received extensive advanced training in Low Vision Care by Dr. Shuldiner in his California Offices.

  • Doctor of Optometry, Pennsylvania College of Optometry, 1970
  • Internship/Residency, Vision & Child Development, 1969-1970
  • New York State Certification in Low Vision , 1975
  • 41st Low Vision Diplomate, American Academy of Optometry, 1988
  • Founder and Clinical Director, Westchester NY Lighthouse Low Vision Service, 1981-1992
  • Founder and Clinical Director, Middletown NY Lighthouse Low Vision Service, 1983-1992
  • Founder and Clinical Director, Low Vision Optometry of Southern California, 1994-present
  • Principle Education Leader, Soviet-American Conference on Low Vision, Moscow, USSR, 1985
  • Principle Education Leader, Sino-American Conference on Low Vision, Hong Kong, 1986
  • Principle Education Leader, African-American Conference on Low Vision, Nairobi, Kenya, 1987
  • Founded International Academy of Low Vision Specialists, 2006
  • Public and Professional Lecturer on Low Vision throughout the United States, over 30 years
  • President, Rialto Lions Club, 1996
  • Member, Board of Directors, San Bernardino Lighthouse, 1998-2002
  • Some Famous Patients who have seen Dr. Shuldiner:
  • Jane Russell, movie actress
  • Carroll Shelby, racecar driver and automobile manufacturer
  • Margie Durante, wife of Jimmy Durante
  • Francis Cagney, wife of James Cagney
  • Dick Wilson, actor “Mr. Whipple” in Charmin Commercials

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Phone: (888)610-2020
Fax: (951) 898-2021

What Do You Mean New Glasses Won't Help?

A Step By Step Guide To Living With Macular Degeneration

By Richard J. Shuldiner, OD, FAAO, FIALVS with Courtney Coleman

268x0wListen to Dr. Shuldiner's interview on The Power Hour Podcast

Where he talks about IALVS and how they help low vision patients start doing the things they want to do again.

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2081914 1564364580601 8713880091b17Listen to Dr. Shuldiner discuss driving with Low Vision on The Tactile Traveler Podcast

The goal of this podcast is to empower blind and low-vision people to explore the world and help our sighted friends see the world in a new way.

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Matters of Vision! Virtual Patient Seminar Six Part Series

macular degen associationYour eye care should never take a back seat, even during a pandemic. Join our wonderful doctors, for a number of virtual seminars about the importance of ongoing eye care during COVID-19, especially for those suffering from macular degeneration.

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Low Vision television interview with Jack Canfield 

logo jackcanfieldDr. Edward Paul is a leading low vision optometrist and shares his wildly success strategies for helping his patients improve their quality of life. His groundbreaking vision techniques are sure to blow you away.

Dr. Shuldiner is Dr. Paul's mentor.
Click here to watch the full interview.

Los Angeles area


Dr. Harold Ashcraft

Serving the partially sighted in all of Los Angeles County including the cities of Los Angeles, Long Beach, Torrance, Santa Monica and the San Fernando Valley cities of Encino, Sherman Oaks, Glendale and Burbank.

Dr. Ashcraft is committed to helping low vision and partially sighted patients of all ages do the visual tasks they most want to do such as reading, seeing faces, watching television, driving, playing cards, writing, and enjoying live theater.

Most of Dr. Ashcraft's patients have been told the nothing more could be done for them and that their glasses could not be made any stronger. But with recent developments in special magnifying low vision glasses, spectacle telescopes and microscopes as well as other new technology, hope is within reach.

Dr. Ashcraft’s goal is to improve the quality of life by improving vision and helping the partially sighted to be more independent so that they can have the life they have dreamed of. Common conditions that Dr. Ashcraft helps with are macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, cataracts, albinism, and Stargardt's disease.

Dr. Ashcraft is located in Westchester, California, a part of Los Angeles just north of LAX airport. His office serves all of Los Angeles County stretching from Long Beach, Torrance, Los Angeles, and Santa Monica to the end of the San Fernando Valley including the cities of Encino, Burbank, Glendale, Sherman Oaks, Van Nuys, Northridge, Thousand Oaks and everything in between.

Dr. Harold Ashcraft has received two Bachelor of Science Degrees with Honors as well as his Doctor of Optometry Degree with Distinction (1984) from Southern California College of Optometry. He is a member of Phi Eta Sigma, Phi Kappa Phi, and Beta Sigma Kappa honor societies. He is also a member of the American, California and Los Angeles County Optometric Societies.

Dr. Ashcraft has been the recipient of many awards and scholarships including the Ave Custos Oculi Award for outstanding achievement in contact lens studies, the Bertram Roberts Award for expertise in ocular pathology and special testing, the Bernell Scholarship Award, the Tri-Counties Award, the American Optometric Society Award, and the Dr. Herbert Dixon Award. As valedictorian of his class, he was awarded the Beta Sigma Kappa Silver Medal.

Dr. Ashcraft was introduced to low vision while in optometry school. He did an internship at the Center for the Partially Sighted in Santa Monica, California. Dr. Ashcraft received special post-doctoral training in Low Vision with renowned Low Vision Diplomat Dr. Richard Shuldiner, O.D, F.A.A.O. and is a Fellow of the International Academy of Low Vision Specialists, an elite group of low vision doctors.

Dr. Ashcraft and his wife Kelly have seven children and eight grandchildren with more to come. He enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, reading, and is interested in just about everything.

Please call 310-670-4411 to arrange for a free telephone consultation with Dr. Ashcraft, or for more information see our website at

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(800) 345-9719

San Diego area


Dr. Peter DeGraziano, O.D.

Dr. Peter DeGraziano, O.D. is an optometrist whose practice is focused on Low Vision eye care.  Through the use of specialized custom eyeglasses and devices, Dr. DeGraziano helps Low Vision patients enjoy activities which have become difficult or impossible because of sight-limiting diseases (such as macular degeneration).  Dr. DeGraziano is a fellow of the International Academy of Low Vision.

Dr. DeGraziano attended the Pennsylvania College of Optometry, where he was the recipient of several scholarships, including a full academic scholarship from the United States Navy.  Dr. DeGraziano completed four externships with concentrations in diagnosis and treatment of ocular disease at the Aaron Eye Associates in Miami, FL; refractive surgery and pre- and post-operative care at Southern Vision Institute in New Orleans, LA; pediatric eye care at The Eye Institute in Philadelphia, PA; and primary care at the Bethesda Naval Hospital in Bethesda, MD.  In 2001, he obtained a Doctorate in Optometry, graduating with Academic Honors.  Dr. DeGraziano proudly served as an officer in the Navy for several years, during which time he provided eye care to the men and women of the United States Armed Forces.  During his career, Dr. DeGraziano has practiced in a multitude of clinical settings, including government health care facilities, private practice, and retail.  He was personally trained in Low Vision care by the founder and president of the International Academy of Low Vision Specialists (IALVS).

When not working, Dr. DeGraziano enjoys spending time with his wife and two children.  For exercise, he swims, hikes, and practices Yoga and Judo.  Dr. DeGraziano has a passion for all types of games.  He can be found at coffee shops, from time to time, publicly embarrassing his children over a game of Monopoly!

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Phone: 619-488-1100

Palm Springs area


Dr. Gregory Evans

Dr. Greg Evans O.D. a Palm Springs resident for over 20 years has been in practice almost 40 years. He received his undergraduate degree in Health Sciences from Pacific University and Optometry degree from Pacific University. He has over 3 decades of experience at providing medical and refractive eye care. Dr. Evans believes that patients suffering from vision impairment from diseases like macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, retinal detachment, glaucoma, optic neuritis, trauma, retinitis pigmentosa and host of other conditions deserve the opportunity to expand on the vision they have. As a member of the International Association of Low Vision Specialists he has post-doctoral training under Dr. Richard Schuldiner. He is committed to not only providing low vision care but to continuing to participate in the latest developments in the delivery of this care.

As a practice we are helping patients lead more normal lives, enriching their abilities to function and restoring their independence and self-esteem. Changing lives through low vision care is a passion and I am humbled by the privilege to do this.

Many of my patients have been told by their eye doctors that there is nothing else that can be done. I can't return their vision to their youth but I take the vision they have and help them see and do many of the things they want to do. Thanks to the miracle of prescription low vision devices such as telescopes, bioptics and microscopes I can help patients cope with visual impairment.

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