When providing healthcare to a community, it is not merely those that are sick that one is affecting. The most important thing with this is the upbringing and improvement of the healthcare, itself. In other words, treating an elderly patient that is sick with the flu is important, yes; and he/she should be given the best care possible. However, this elderly person wouldn’t seek medical help in the first place, had it not been taught to them as a child that when you are sick, you go to the doctor. For this reason, it is crucial that we put an emphasis on the importance of healthcare to the younger generations of a community. This is because these younger people now, are the ones that will be the role models and teachers for the generations after them. With this progression, a community’s healthcare has the opportunity to constantly improve so that in the future, not a single member of the community is without the care that he or she needs.
One example of the kind of healthcare provider that is key to this improvement is an optometrist. They have the opportunity to teach a community the extreme importance of eye care. With this being my desired career, I will be able to effectively help my community in showing other people how to take care of one’s vision, and why it is such an important issue. I plan on administering eye exams at the community’s schools to ensure that I have the opportunity to demonstrate the importance of vision care and the health of one’s eyes. Without vision, or the opportunity to see clearly, one misses so much beauty that the world has to offer; not to mention, it makes practically everything in their life much more difficult. Even the simplest of activities can potentially be treacherous without the ability to see one’s surroundings for balance, possible dangers, etc.
However, the job of an optometrist becomes increasingly more difficult when patients are uncomfortable with things such as an eye exam or a simple vision check-up. This is the reason why making the patient comfortable in such a medical setting, and teaching the importance of such practices, is such a crucial aspect to community health from an anthropologic standpoint. A patient should feel welcome and comfortable at their doctor’s office, whatever specialty of doctor that may be. More so, a patient should know and understand the importance of such visits and the different things that take place during these visits. Since this is that doctor’s area of expertise, he or she should explain the importance and reason for such tests and practices, so that the patient understands what is happening, and why it needs to happen. Demonstrating to the community the importance of healthcare via positive and informative means is extremely important to the progression of the community’s overall healthcare, especially those in the community that will be future leaders to that community itself.