Free Vision Van back on Kauai

WAIMEA — Kalei Cleveland is driving on Kauai.

“They couldn’t find a driver for the Vision Van,” the Maui resident said. “That’s my job — driving the Vision Van to its different locations.”

Cleveland will be working through July 18 as the Vision Van, hosted by Wellness Event and sponsored by the Lions Clubs on Kauai, Ohana Health Plan, Office of Hawaiian Affairs, and Young Brothers, makes its rounds on the island, stopping at the Kapaa Shopping Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today.

“We got here Wednesday,” said Anne Chipchase, a co-founder of WE. “We were at the St. Catherine Church food pantry where we spoke to nearly 200 people. On Thursday, we were at the Rice Camp Housing project where we screened more than 25 people and spoke to 50 people.”

Friday, the Vision Van offered free reading glasses, keiki sunglasses, vision and retinal screenings along with support groups including Hoola Lahui, Senior Medicare Patrol, and the county’s Office of Elderly Affairs at the West Kauai Medical Center in Waimea.

Through the free vision and retinal screenings, patients are able to detect eye issues such as diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration and more.

Brianni Higashi, a soon to be senior at Kauai High School, was one of the volunteers helping the West Kauai Lions Club working with patients on free screenings.

“This is pretty interesting and I might look into a career somewhere in the medical field,” he said.

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