If your eyes are sagging or always look “sleepy,” you may have blepharoptosis, also known as acquired ptosis, low-lying lids or droopy lids caused by aging or disease affecting the levator muscle or nerve. Until now, it’s typically been treated with surgical procedures called ptosis repair or blepharoplasty or with Botox.

Dr. Leonardo Rasi at Senza might be able to help you with the newest, noninvasive solution by prescribing Upneeq, the only FDA-approved once-daily eyedrop that lifts your upper eyelids to open your eyes, available in our Redlands office. Call (909) 254-4692 to learn more.

Why Choose Upneeq?

Blepharoptosis impacts people of all ages but is most prevalent with increased age. This gradual drooping of eyelids typically occurs when the muscles in the eyelid stretch and weaken, eventually causing the upper eyelid to hang down over the iris. This can vary from mild to severe, impacting your field of vision.

If your symptoms are acquired over time and cause a partial lack of sight, then Upneeq may be able to lift droopy lids that affect your vision and give you a “sleepy” or “tired” appearance.

Your condition may not hinder you immediately, but it makes daily actions increasingly tricky as it becomes more and more challenging to open your lids. If you’re dealing with blepharoptosis, you’re probably searching for a solution. But blepharoplasty surgery isn’t for everyone, with its risks and prolonged recovery, while Botox may not be effective enough in your case.

Ask Dr. Rasi here at Senza about Upneeq if you notice you have trouble seeing without the need to tilt your head back, affecting your:

  • Reading
  • Driving
  • Use of the computer
  • Cooking
  • Getting around easily
  • Daily life

What is Upneeq?

Upneeq (oxymetazoline hydrochloride ophthalmic solution) is an FDA-approved once-daily prescription eyedrop used to treat acquired blepharoptosis or droopy eyelids in adults. It is only available in approved medical offices, like Senza.

Millions of people over 40 may have acquired ptosis and may not even be aware of it. Only 15% of adults with this condition know they have it, and even fewer get any treatment. Upneeq is the only medicated eyedrop solution on the market today and can change their lives.

Clinical Results

Upneeq lifts eyelids reasonably quickly. In one study, some patients saw a rise in their lids as soon as five minutes after their first dose, with most patients seeing the lift in their eyelids in as little as two hours.

  • 84% of patients had some form of improvement
  • 74% of patients had more than a 50% improvement

Upneeq also significantly improves your upper field of vision, helping patients in clinical trials see more on their first day of treatment.

  • 87.8% of patients had some form of improvement
  • 40.8% of patients had at least a 50% improvement on Day 14 (2 hours after applying)

Are You a Good Candidate for Upneeq?

If you’re an adult experiencing droopy upper eyelids that hinder your daily activities, you should ask Senza about Upneeq.

Only a qualified doctor can determine whether or not Upneeq is right for you. Let Dr. Rasi help determine if a prescription for Upneeq will help you reduce your sagging eyelids without extensive surgery by calling our Redlands, CA office at (909) 254-4692.

Contact us today to schedule a consultation.

Upneeq® FAQ's

Does insurance pay for Upneeq?

Upneeq is priced transparently and consistently for all patients. You can check with your insurance about a possible reimbursement since the manufacturer of Upneeq, RVL Pharmaceuticals, Inc., does not accept payments from insurance providers at this time.

What are the common side effects of UPNEEQ?

In 1-5% of patients, the most common adverse reactions with Upneeq were:

  • Eye inflammation.
  • Redness.
  • Eye pain at the time of use.
  • Dry eye or irritation and headache.

Inform your doctor if you have any side effect that bothers you or does not go away and for medical advice about side effects.

Are there any complimentary procedures or treatments for drooping eyelids to consider along with Upneeq?

Other nonsurgical treatments, including hyaluronic fillers or injections like Botox® or Dysport®, can help you look more youthful by opening up the forehead and surrounding eye areas by smoothing wrinkles around your eyes, filling in hollow spaces or more dramatically tightening sagging eyelids. Be sure to ask Dr. Rasi during your consultation to see if it’s a good idea to add these to your treatment plan.

Will Upneeq work for any droopy lids?

Check with your primary care doctor if your eyelid drooping has more of sudden onset, which might be related to a more serious medical condition or may result from cataract surgery or contact lens wear. It’s also not currently recommended for anyone under the age of 18. To find out more and take a quiz to see if you might qualify to use Upneeq, please visit their prescription information page here.

What should your doctor know about before prescribing Upneeq?

Dr. Rasi will review your complete medical history before prescribing Upneeq. Patients who use MOI antidepressant medications should also be careful when using Upneeq, as it may affect how your body absorbs the medication. Use Upneeq carefully if you currently take medication to treat heart disease or an enlarged prostate. Patients with high blood pressure and taking medications to treat hypertension or an abnormal heartbeat should also be careful when using Upneeq.