What is Upneeq?
Upneeq® is the first and only FDA-approved prescription eyedrop that has been proven to lift the upper eyelids in people who have drooping upper eyelids that is not a result of excess skin. With daily use, Upneeq can help improve the appearance of drooping, tired eyelids to help people look more alert due to their acquired blepharoptosis (drooping eyelids).
Acquired blepharoptosis is the medical term for low-lying eyelids, which may not be noticeable objectively at first, but rather indicate that people who look generally “tired” or “disinterested” when at rest. This condition, rather than necessarily being due to aging, can affect people of all ages due to genetics. It occurs when the delicate muscles in the eyelid stretch out and become weak, causing the upper lids to sag more than they should.
There are different degrees of blepharoptosis, with the most slight symptom still affecting a person’s appearance, but being nearly undetectable except for an expert’s eye.
Who is a Good Candidate For Upneeq?
The best candidates for Upneeq are those with slightly to moderately drooping upper eyelids that are not caused by any other medical condition, such as skin tissue redundancy, stroke, or eye infections. The best candidates are those who do not have blood pressure or circulation problems, as Upneeq may affect your blood pressure. Anyone with drooping upper eyelids with good skin elasticity can be a good candidate for Upneeq as long as your medical history clears you for this class of medication.
How to Use Upneeq
Upneeq is a once-a-day eyedrop prescription that comes in single-use vials. It is available at our office.
To use Upneeq, open the vial by cutting the foil wrapper with scissors. Next, apply the solution by tipping your head back and forming a “cup” with your lower eyelid by pulling it down slightly. Do not let the tip of the vial touch your eye to ensure it does not scratch or cause unintentional infection. Keep your eye closed for 30 seconds. Apply one drop of Upneeq in each affected eye at approximately the same time every day. Once you have used your daily vial, throw it away.
If you wear contact lenses or other daily eye drop medication, use Upneeq first before using any other ophthalmic devices or medications, and wait 15 minutes before applying them.
Side Effects ofUpneeq
Common side effects of Upneeq include eye irritation, redness, inflammation (sometimes leading to eye pressure), dry eye, blurry vision, and headache. These side effects only occurred in up to 5% of regular Upneeq users and faded quickly after use. If side effects linger or are moderate to severe, please call us to let Dr. Rocheford know.