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Some Eye-Opening News is here!

Are your eyes looking tired?

Dermatologists are excited that a prescription eye drop called Upneeq (oxymetazoline hydrochloride ophthalmic solution .01%) has just been FDA approved to lift upper eyelids and open your eyes wider. We can’t wait for our patients to try this prescription eye drop! One daily drop elevates low-lying lids (acquired ptosis) in adults.


The first time I used Upneeq, I treated only one eye so I could compare results. I was amazed that within just a few minutes I could visibly see the difference between my treated and untreated eyes. I also liked how my treated eyelashes looked longer due to the elevation of my lid. I fell in love with the instant gratification and the pleasing appearance of my eyes which looked brighter and more awake.


Are Your Eyelids Drooping?

Acquired ptosis is a common condition that affects adults of all ages, but is more common as we age. This effect occurs over time due to weakness or stretching of the eyelids or by cataract surgery, contact lenses, or an underlying medical disorder.


Low-lying lids may affect you cosmetically, leaving you looking tired. They can also impact your eyesight medically while reading, during computer use, and when driving.


What can Upneeq do for you?

Take a look in the mirror and see if you have low-lying lids.


Upneeq lifts eyelids quickly—in as little as two hours and in one study within five minutes. It must be used daily to achieve this effect, but can also be used just for special occasions for cosmetic use.

Is Upneeq safe?


Upneeq is safe and well tolerated. It should not be used in patients with severe cardiovascular disease or uncontrolled high blood pressure. Common side effects in 1-5% of patients included eye inflammation, eye redness, dry eye, blurred vision, stimulation site pain, eye irritation, and headache.


How to apply Upneeq:

  • Each dose comes in its own unique vial.

  • Apply one drop in each affected eye daily.

  • If you wear contact lenses, remove them before applying eye drops. You may put them back in 15 minutes later.

If more than one topical ophthalmic drug is being used, the drugs should be administered with at least 15 minutes between applications.


This medication is sold in our office in a single-use vial for those who want to try it or use it for special occasions. It is also sold in a 45-day supply.


The possibilities are eye-opening! We look forward to helping our patients look and feel their best!