Upneeq: FDA- Approved Topical Eye Drops for Low-Lying Lids

Are your eyes looking tired or sleepy?

Well, it’s either you were born with it or your upper eyelid muscle has started to relax due to aging.

If it is the latter, I’ve got good news for you. Upneeq is one option that you can consider.

What is Upneeq?

It is an eye drop solution that contains oxymetazoline hydrochloride. 

It is an ingredient also found in nasal sprays, which decongests your nose by constricting the blood vessels. 

Upneeq, on the other hand, works by contracting the levator palpebrae muscle which is found in your upper eyelid causing an eyelid lift.

How long does the effect last?

Sad to say, Upneeq is only good for a temporary fix for around 6 hours. So, it cannot replace a blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery). 

However, Upneeq is a good choice to have if you are not ready for cosmetic surgery or if you are tired of getting Botox every 6 months. 

How do you use it?

It’s as simple as applying 1 drop per eye a day. 

If you are using other eye drops, best to consult with your ophthalmologist to avoid unfavorable reactions. 

Are there side effects to watch out for?

There is a possibility that it can lead to rebound redness since it can constrict the blood vessels. Other side effects could be irritation, dry eye, blurred vision, and headache, which were observed in 1% to 5% of patients.

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 About the Author: Dr. Elli Reyes is a specialist of Aesthetic Medicine from the Philippines. With over four years of specialized training, her aesthetic practice has involved a variety of skin treatments involving Botox, fillers, and the like. As a licensed physician, she has been engaged by multiple clinics and is regularly interviewed by the local media as an expert in the science of the skin. Her research and writings to date have centered on nutrition, functional health, and general beauty.