Over 2016, 22 Specsavers stores across Victoria raised a total of $30,000 for the Royal Children’s Hospital through the Community Program, in which all Specsavers stores participate.

The hospital recently announced it would be spending the funds raised on a piece of equipment called a ‘Tobii Eye Gaze Device’, which enables children who cannot communicate verbally to do so through movement of their eyes.

Both acute and rehabilitation inpatients will benefit from the technology during their admissions as it will be their primary means of communication. The machine arrives early in 2017.

Since becoming a charity partner in 2013, over $100,000 has been raised for the hospital.