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JUNE 2019 | ISSUE NO. 6

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I’d like to extend my heartfelt thank you for your continued support of GoCheck Kids’ mission as well as your dedication to bettering the lives of kids. Your selfless and endless support to our mission helped make our vision a reality. You are truly appreciated. I’m always delighted to get a glimpse of your incredible vision-saving accomplishments at your practice! No words to express my gratitude towards you for the support that you have shown at GoCheck Kids’ mission. Keep up the great work!

WHAT WE ACCOMPLISHED TOGETHER

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In May, our partnership achieved the following:

Photoscreened 54,909 kids

Detected 4,296 kids with risk factors

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ULTRAVIOLET RADIATION CAUSES AND PREVENTION

Sunlight contains ultraviolet (UV) radiation, which causes premature aging of the skin, wrinkles, cataracts and skin cancer. The risk of damage to our eyes and skin from solar UV radiation is cumulative, meaning the danger continues to grow the more time you spend in sunlight throughout your lifetime.  There are two types of UV rays:

UV-A. It can hurt your central vision. It can damage the macula, a part of the retina at the back of your eye.

UV-B. The front part of your eye (the cornea and the lens) absorbs most UV-B rays, but these rays may cause even more damage to your eyes than UV-A rays.

Over time, the effects of UV rays may help cause a number of eye problems. Here are some of the eye problems that ultraviolet rays can cause especially during this summer season:

MACULAR DEGENERATION. UV Rays may lead to macular degeneration, a leading cause of vision loss for older Americans.

CATARACT. UV rays, especially UV-B rays, may also cause some kinds of cataracts. A cataract is a clouding of the eye’s natural lens, the part of the eye that focuses the light we see.

PTERYGIUM. Another UV-related problem is a  growth called pterygium. This growth begins on the white of the eye and may involve the cornea. Eventually, the growth may block vision. It is more common in people who work outside in the sun and wind.

SKIN CANCER. Skin cancer around the eyelids is also linked to prolonged UV exposure.

CORNEAL SUNBURN. Also called photokeratitis, is the result of high short-term exposure to UV-B rays. Long hours at the beach or skiing without proper eye protection can cause this problem. It can be very painful and may cause temporary vision loss.

HEAR IT FROM THE EXPERT

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Kateri Haskett has been the CEO of Pediatric Associates of Northern Kentucky since 1993. In her time there, she has grown the practice from a two physician, one location practice to nineteen providers and three locations.

Pediatric Associates provides care that is high quality, coordinated, accessible and patient-centered.

Kateri has twenty-five years of experience leading and communicating with pediatric teams, and she’s agreed to share her secrets in a 30-minute interview on Thursday, June 27th, at 11 a.m. EDT/8 a.m. PDT. You can find out more at this link.

Sincerely yours,

Alysha and GoCheck Kids’ Customer Success Team


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