Use Artificial Intelligence to Reduce Digital Eye Strain

Robin Kuriakose, MD, a fellow physician in cornea and refractive surgery at the Northwestern Memorial Hospital, has introduced SightKick. A new MacOS application that 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. 

How does it work?

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 to maintain a healthy tear film on your eyes. 

SightKick has three modes:
1) Timer: sends a nudge at a specified interval. (Does not require camera).
2) Blinks: sends a real-time nudge when your blink rate is lower than average
3) Both: combo of #1 and #2, whichever occurs first! (recommended mode)

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). 

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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. 

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