2011 Nov 06 | VB, Diabetes health fair vision screening with LACOS: Feria de Salud

Hey, this loader is blocking one of the employee entrances, grr.

Someone threw their partially-eaten donut in the smoking grit. Really? The trash can is 10 feet away.

Some kid thing at The Grove.

I needed a long straw to drink with my Halloween costume on. I found these long candy containers at KMart and, after dumping the candy out, they worked perfectly.

My costume stayed together pretty well, except the cut-out letters on the shoes kept coming off. Oh well, nothing a little rubber cement can't fix.

That's cool; a solar-powered backpack, probably so you can plug your laptop in. I wonder how strong it is.

Neat building covered in vegetation.

I dunno.

The parking at the beach here is $8, but if you park across the road in the streets a few blocks up, it's free. Then you just have to figure out where to cross; there are tunnels, but they're hard to see from this side.

One of the volleyball players dressed up for Halloween.

Another dive.


Marie Grace going up for the hit.

Big spike coming.

Nice and solid.


Keeping their eyes on the ball.

The following Sunday was Feria de Salud, a diabetes health fair. The Los Angeles County Optometric Society did a vision screening there. The doctor who usually coordinates it wasn't able to make it this year, so I did it.

There were a lot of little booths.

We needed power to charge some of the equipment and for the light-up eye charts, and thankfully they had a little generator ready to go for us.

Checking the front of the eyes.

Looking inside.

Checking vision.

There was a constant stream of people. Thankfully once we got started on them they didn't get too backed up.

Volunteers from the UCLA Bruins in Focus helped with the visual acuity. There were about 10 of them.

They were able to check the eyes of three people at a time.

We also had volunteers from the health fair to help translate.

Around 10 students from Western Optometry school checked ocular health.

They checked inside the eye.

And also took intra-ocular pressures.

At the end were the doctors, who reviewed the screening information and decided what the patient needed next.

Most patients received vouchers for free eye exams or were given a list of low-cost clinics if they needed an exam.

It was a little less crowded inside here, but there was still a never-ending line outside.

The doctors came in two shifts, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Here are four doctors and two translators.

A nice little free lunch for all the volunteers.

There were also shows on the main stage, mainly with dancers.

You could hear the drums from quite a ways away.

The dental booth was also pretty busy.

The line of people waiting for vision screenings. We cut off the line 30 minutes before we were done just so we could get through the backup by 3pm. We saw over 250 people total.

Most of the volunteers, not including the ones who came for the early-morning shift.