After three months of fundraising for the Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation, Specsavers stores in WA are proud to announce a donation of $30,000 to Princess Margaret Hospital’s (PMH) Ophthalmology Department. The funds will be put toward a Pentacam, an innovative piece of technology that is able to make earlier and more thorough diagnosis of serious eye conditions.

Currently, there is no equipment available at PMH that allows diagnosis of the anterior segment of the eye, which is a major area of the eye that is susceptible to serious eye issues.  As such, if a scan of the anterior segment is required, patients are referred privately to the Lions Eye Institute which can leave families significantly out of pocket.

Thanks to the Specsavers stores’ donation, PMH can now afford a Pentacam, which is the latest technology for diagnosis in the anterior segment of the eye and will provide major benefits to doctors, ophthalmic surgeons and patients at the hospital. As the PMH Ophthalmology Department is the only tertiary provider of pediatric eye services in WA, the Pentacam is an essential piece of equipment for the department to enable it to provide the level of care required to patients.

The announcement of the Pentacam donation comes after stores in WA voted to support the Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation in a special ‘Specsavers Community Program Charity Takeover’ initiative earlier in the year. All 45 Specsavers stores in WA raised money for the PMH Ophthalmology Department by donating a portion of every glasses sale to the cause, as well as a variety of other initiatives including a charity ball. Representatives from all stores in the state attended the ball and over $12,000 was raised through an auction and raffle.

The PMH Ophthalmology Department services the entire state with thousands of patient visits each year. As well as earlier diagnosis and less financial burden on families, the Pentacam will provide noninvasive and quick imaging, which is especially beneficial when dealing with young patients. It will also provide better information for teaching and presenting to trainees, and full examination information will be available in one consultation on-site, meaning less reliance on off-site specialists.

Denys Pearce, CEO, Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation says, “The Foundation is grateful to have had the support of Specsavers WA stores, which have been working together to raise funds for the Ophthalmology Department. The donation of $30,000 is a fantastic result and will be put towards the purchase of a new Pentacam. This means children who require the services of the Ophthalmology Department will have access to the latest equipment, which they deserve.”

Specsavers Spearwood store partners, Michael Swainson and Rachel Fellowes were thrilled with the result and are pleased they have been able to provide Specsavers customers with the opportunity to give back to the Children’s Hospital.

Rachel says, “We’re so proud to be able to contribute towards a new Pentacam for the PMH Ophthalmology Department. With all Specsavers WA stores fundraising for the Hospital we have been able to make a significant difference to the lives of children who are diagnosed with serious eye conditions. It shows dedication and passion for helping the community and we hope to continue this work through the Specsavers Community Program.

“We donate this money from our own pockets so we are so pleased it’s going towards something that’s really going to make a difference. The work the Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation does is indispensable for children who have been diagnosed with serious illness, and the Pentacam will greatly benefit patients even further.”

The Hospital’s Ophthalmology Department cares for children ranging from premature babies, up to adolescents.  A wide range of eye conditions are treated including retinopathy of prematurity (an eye disease affecting prematurely born babies), strabismus (misalignment of the eyes), eye complications from juvenile chronic arthritis and diabetes, ocular tumours, cancer treatment, eye injuries and other retinal issues that young children may face. 

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