Progressive contact lenses guide

If you normally wear progressive glasses, you can also wear contact lenses suited to your vision needs. Progressive contact lenses can help you easily switch between prescriptions, from near, to far, and in-between – without the need for additional glasses.

They provide ‘real world’ vision, which is great for days when you don’t want to wear glasses, or they can be worn every day.

What are progressives?

Progressive contact lenses are designed to address the age-related vision changes we experience with presbyopia, a condition that affects our close up vision. This means that we’ll start to need different prescriptions for different things.

Progressives are designed to include all of your vision requirements, so you can easily switch between seeing close-up, in-between, and far away. Great for when you want to change up your look, play sports, read a menu, or just rid you of that niggling feeling that you’ve forgotten your reading glasses.

How do progressive contact lenses work?

There are two main designs of progressive contact lenses that work in different ways:

Simultaneous vision

Probably the most common type, these lenses have specific zones for close or far vision. These zones can be distinct or can be more blended to allow for a gradual change in prescriptions. Essentially, your eye will look through both prescriptions at the same time, but will use the section of the lens that you need, depending on what you’re looking at.

Segmented or alternating vision

This design works in a similar way to bifocal glasses - the middle and top segment of the lens contain your prescription for distance, and the lower segment has your prescription for close vision.

How to buy progressives

Get a free pair of glasses with contact lenses

When you sign up to the easypay package, you get a free pair of glasses from our $39, including single-vision lenses. Or you can put it towards a more expensive pair or lens extras.

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