Products And Services


Exam Room

Progressive Vision Centre is proud to provide comprehensive eye examinations with up to date equipment. We all want to protect eyesight and overall health for ourselves and our family - that is why regular eye exams are important. Many eye diseases, if detected early, can be treated successfully . In addition, some vision problems begin at an early age, so it's important for children to receive proper eye care before they start school.

The Optomap Retinal Exam allows us to see a permanent digital view of the retina (back of the eye) that provides important information about your health. In 2004 we were the first practice in St. Catharines to provide this service to our patients. Click here to learn more.


Display Cabinet

We supply quality frames and lenses to our patients. We have exciting current frames from many designers as well as basic frames for those who prefer them. Our lenses are always excellent quality from reliable labs. We check every pair of glasses to determine accuracy before we dispense them. We have a wide variety of lenses, coatings, tints etc in order to choose the most appropriate ones for you and we have knowledgeable, well trained dispensers to help you choose the proper eyewear. We accept any insurance providers that allow us to submit for you and help you with the paperwork for those who do not.

Our sunglass boutique showcases an extensive collection of diverse frame styles and lens options. Come and browse our selection and choose a style that is perfect for you! Ask about putting your prescription into one of these beautiful frames.

We also have a wide variety of contact lens types and materials to provide you with the best fit possible. We have some lenses in stock so you may purchase them at your visit so as not to interrupt your busy schedule. Additionally, we now have a contact lens ordering system for our patients through our website – and they are delivered to YOU!

For your convenience we also have a stock of artificial tears, ocular vitamins, cases and accessories.



Who needs regular eye exams?

Those who:


  • Have systemic diseases - diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, thyroid disease, thritis and other diseases can affect your eyes
  • Have family members with eye diseases - many eye diseases, like glaucoma, can be hereditary
  • Have dry eyes - almost all contact lens wearers, computer users and post-menopausal women will experience some symptoms of dry eyes which can usually be controlled
  • Are taking medications - many medications (prescribed, non-prescription and herbal) can cause side-effects or discomfort to the eyes and require monitoring and treatment
  • Are previous eye surgical patients - cataract, retinal or laser vision treatment patients require regular monitoring
  • Have Environmental concerns - computer use, UV exposure and smoking affect the eyes and vision
  • Are contact lens wearers - subtle changes can occur to the eyes or the contact lenses although no symptoms are felt until eye disease occurs. Routine monitoring can detect and prevent problems before they occur.

Many eye diseases have no symptoms - for example, chronic glaucoma causes no symptoms until irreversible damage to vision occurs

Vision is our most important learning sense - up to 80% of what children learn is through their vision. Any uncorrected spectacle requirements or eye coordination problems will impact on your child’s ability to learn and succeed in school and other activities.



Your child's vision is extremely important to his/her ability to learn.

Consider the following information:

Spiderman Sunglasses

In 2001-2002, there were 1,481,297 children under the age of 10 in Ontario.

-- Statistics Canada

Approximately one child in six has a vision problem.

-- American Optometric Association, Pediatric Eye and Vision Examinations Clinical Guidelines

"Professional examinations are the most reliable way of testing your child's vision and cannot be replaced by home eye tests or vision screenings."

-- Prevent Blindness America

Eighty per cent of early learning is done through the visual system. "20/20 eyesight" is not good enough; school children need good vision at all distances especially for reading.

-- Joel Zaba, MA, OD, 2001.

A standard reading chart only detects 5 per cent of child's vision problems (an eye chart is used to measure vision at 20 feet away). It does not measure near vision.

-- American Optometric Association

Three per cent of children have some form of lazy eye (amblyopia).

-- American Academy of Ophthalmology

Strabismus or turned eye occurs in 2 to 4 per cent of preschool children.

-- American Academy of Ophthalmology

Visual problems can impact class participation, problem solving, use of information, co-operation with others and conflict resolution.

-- Toronto District School Board Study, 2001-2002