Hector Cervantes, 26, of Inglewood said he was suffering from sinus problems and blurry vision in one eye. He is an El Camino College horticulture student who has no health insurance and doesn't anticipate obtaining any until he graduates and gets a job, which he hopes will be in about two years.
On the arena's floor, Joseph McSwain was trying on gold-rimmed eyeglass frames that complemented his blond hair. The 33-year-old former security guard said he was laid off from his last job and has recently lived on the streets. He has no health insurance.
"I wouldn't be getting glasses without these people," he said as he fingered his prescription. "I can't see that far, and I can't see at night."
After hearing about the clinic at Four Square Church in Sunland, McSwain took the bus and arrived outside the Forum at midafternoon Monday. He slept on the sidewalk until the arena's parking lot gates were unlocked early Tuesday morning.
In a former athletes' locker room next to the arena floor, Phillip Clovis, 56, of Inglewood sat beneath a handwritten banner that proclaimed "The Chiropractor Is In" and waited to have his back pain treated.
"So far I've had acupuncture and seen a doctor. After the acupuncture, I feel much better," said the uninsured and unemployed auto mechanic, who heard about the clinic while job hunting. "If this service was provided to a majority of Americans, you wouldn't have 3,000 people lined up at the door of the Forum. It's such a blessing."
Demand for dental care was very high, coming weeks after the state ended adult dental services for the poor.
Tony Sykes, a 56-year-old unemployed grocery clerk from South-Central Los Angeles, showed up at 3:30 a.m. with a toothache.
"I want to see a dentist. I think I need a root canal done," he said, pointing to his lower-left jaw. "I haven't been to a dentist for a year or two. I have no insurance -- I just try to take care of myself the best I can."
Dr. R.K. Chetty, who has practiced dentistry for 32 years in Eagle Rock, said he has volunteered to treat individuals for free in other countries.
"So when it's happening in my own backyard, why not get involved?" he said. "I'm getting more out of this than these people are."
Clutching ticket No. 1,095, Vickie Zigetta, 52, of Lakewood might have disagreed.
"A lot of adults don't have medical or dental insurance," Zigetta said. "My three children are covered under Medi-Cal because they're not over 21. But I'm not. The ticket to get in here is like gold."
Zigetta hoped to get her eyes checked and obtain a physical. She planned to return today for a dental checkup.