New prescription eye drops temporarily lift droopy eyelids


The FDA has approved a new prescription eye drop that temporarily lifts droopy eyelids.


Droopy eyelids, medically called “blepharoptosis,” can make you look tired.

While a surgical eyelid lift has been the most common treatment for droopy eyelids, now there’s a new non-surgical option called Upneeq.® It’s the first FDA-approved prescription eye drop that temporarily lifts the eyelids drooping.

How does Upneeq work?

Upneeq is a solution of oxymetazoline hydrochloride which causes the muscle behind the eyelid, called Müller’s muscle, to contract. This lifts the upper eyelid, which gives a more open appearance.

This is the same active ingredient and mechanism used in nasal sprays, which use oxymetazoline to cause blood vessels in the nose to constrict, opening the nasal cavity to facilitate breathing.

How long does Upneeq last?

Upneeq is a once-daily eye drop that has been shown to last for at least six hours in clinical trials.

What are the side effects?

Mild side effects including redness, inflammation, dry eyes, and temporarily blurred vision have been reported with Upneeq. If you experience any of these or other side effects, let your healthcare provider know so they can determine if Upneeq is right for you.

Who is a good candidate for Upneeq?

Men or women with mild to moderate droopy eyelids may be good candidates for Upneeq. For more severe cases of blepharoptosis, especially when vision is impaired, surgery may still be the best option.

Upneeq may interfere with certain medications, including beta-blockers, blood pressure medications, and others. Always tell your doctor about all medications and supplements you are taking before starting any new prescription treatment.

However, Upneeq is not for everyone. One of my young nurses who already has big, beautiful eyes tried it on and it looked like a bug for about six hours. However, it is safe and temporary and costs around $200 for a bottle.

At the end of the line

Droopy eyelids sometimes occur temporarily after receiving Botox injections. Upneeq is a new easy non-surgical treatment for droopy eyelids. If you want your eyes to look more open, talk to your doctor to see if this prescription eye drop might be right for you.

Dr. Leslie Baumann Miami

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