New App Uses Artificial Intelligence to Reduce Digital Eye Strain

New App Uses Artificial Intelligence to Reduce Digital Eye Strain

August 03, 2022

Robin Kuriakose, MD, a fellow physician in cornea and refractive surgery at the Northwestern Memorial Hospital, has introduced SightKick. The new MacOS application is specifically designed to reduce digital eye strain.

Digital eye strain is a growing issue considering how much time we spend in front of screens, (tablets, computers, cellphones). An average person blinks 15 to 20 times each minute, but studies show that using a screen reduces this by more than half.

When your blink rate slows down, SightKick employs artificial intelligence to gently prompt you to look away from your screen for 20 feet while blinking for 20 seconds. Additionally, it reminds you to blink every 20 minutes in an effort to maintain a healthy tear film on your eyes.

The app works silently in the background and offers personalization options so you can make it your own (change the frequency of reminders, the location, etc).

Users may check how frequently your blink rate has been in the unhealthy or healthy range thanks to statistics built into the device. SightKick encourages users to blink at predetermined intervals, especially when their blink rate is low, which helps to lessen the strain on their digital eyes.

The application is free to use and can be downloaded from the Apple Mac Store.