Progressive lenses allow you to see at multiple distances, because they have different sections for viewing close up, far away and everything in between. Whether you're driving, using a computer, shopping or reading, you can usually wear one pair of progressives to accommodate most of your vision needs. Ask your optometrist if progressive lenses are right for you.

How do progressives work?

Progressive lenses work by changing power from the top to the bottom of the lens. Moving your eyes up and down the lens will give you clear vision at a variety of distances. So if you're using an ATM, you'd be able to view the keys, screen, your card and then continue to walk down the street. 

We use the latest technology to find your unique measurements, which allows our experts to see exactly where to position the lens zones you require for your different vision types, as well as finding the right type of progressives for your chosen frame.

Distance vision

Distance vision is through the upper part of the lens. There is typically an area of soft focus towards the edges of your vision in this part of the lens.

Intermediate vision

Intermediate vision is through the middle of lens and is great for tasks like using a computer.

Near vision

Near vision is through the lower part of the lens. There is typically an area of soft focus towards the edges of your vision in this part of the lens.

Distance vision
Midrange vision
Near vision

Tips for wearing progressives

  • When reading with your progressives, remember to keep your chin up and lower your eyes to read text
  • Take care when walking up stairs or steps – move your head down to make sure you’re looking through the top part of your glasses so you can see clearly
  • If you're used to having separate reading glasses, you may notice that they have a slightly reduced reading area because these lenses combine your distance and reading prescriptions
  • Be sure to wear your progressives daily, from morning to evening, so you can get used to how they work
  • If you work at a computer, adjust your monitor height to be slightly lower than eye level
  • Remember to move your head when looking around, not your eyes – your clearest vision will be through the centre of the lens. This can take a little bit of time to get used to doing, so just be patient with yourself

Ask your optician or optometrist for guidance on proper wearing of progressive lenses.

You can come back and see us at any time if you think you need an adjustment, or if you have any concerns.

Frequently asked questions

What is the difference between bifocal and progressive lenses?

Progressive and bifocals look very different. Bifocals have a noticeable line on the lens, whereas progressives have a smooth, unobstructed surface. Bifocals will only provide you with clear vision at two distances. Progressives can cater for most of the distances that you need to see. Your optometrist will recommend the right lenses for you.

How long does it take to adjust to progressive lenses?

Getting used to progressives can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks. You need to give yourself time to adjust to the new viewing areas, which can take a bit longer if you're trying progressives for the first time.

What happens if I do not adjust to progressive lenses?

We want you to be completely happy with your glasses. If you have any concerns within three months of the date of purchase, we’ll put it right. No worries, no fuss.

More about lenses

Lens options

All Specsavers glasses come with standard single-vision lenses plus a scratch-resistant treatment and UV protection. You can also get extra lens treatments and options to protect or enhance your glasses.

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Single-vision lenses

This type of lens has just one prescription that covers the entire lens. Typically for people with near or far sight, who just need glasses for driving, reading or working at a computer. 

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Bifocal lenses

If you need separate glasses for distance vision and reading, then bifocal lenses might be an option for you as they’re designed to accommodate two different prescriptions – usually distance and up-close vision.

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