Can UPNEEQ® Eye Drops Improve Your Quality of Life?

Close up of woman's eye (model) applying eye drops.

If sagging upper eyelids are affecting your vision or confidence, invasive procedures are no longer your only option. UPNEEQ is an FDA-approved eye drop designed to treat acquired eyelid ptosis in adults—temporarily lifting upper eyelids without surgery. Read on to learn how nonsurgical UPNEEQ eye drops can improve your quality of life.

Why Does Ptosis Happen? Understanding Acquired Ptosis & Its Causes

Characterized by the sagging or falling of the upper eyelid, ptosis can occur in one or both eyes. Its impact can have a tangible effect on your quality of life.

While ptosis can be congenital, meaning present from birth, this post focuses on acquired ptosis—when the condition develops later in life. Understanding the root causes of acquired ptosis can aid in effective diagnosis and treatment.

  • Aging: As we age, the levator palpebrae superioris muscle responsible for lifting the upper eyelid can stretch and weaken. This often causes the eyelid to sag over the eye, reducing your field of vision and potentially affecting daily activities.
  • Contact lenses: Long-term wear of contact lenses has been associated with developing ptosis. The frequent insertion and removal of contact lenses can stretch the delicate tissues and muscles around the eye, leading to drooping over time.
  • Trauma: Injury to the eye area, whether from accidents, surgical procedures, or even excessive eye rubbing, can lead to ptosis. Such trauma can damage the levator muscle or the nerves controlling it, leading to an inability to lift the eyelid fully.

How Does Ptosis Affect You?

A drooping eyelid can obscure the pupil and limit the amount of light reaching the retina, significantly impairing vision. This affects daily activities, such as:

  • Reading: The reduced field of vision can make it challenging to read text, leading to eye strain and fatigue.
  • Driving: Reduced peripheral vision can be dangerous when navigating roads or judging distances.
  • Physical Discomfort: The constant effort to lift your eyelids can lead to forehead discomfort and headaches.

Because ptosis affects both how you see and how you are seen, it can also have a psychological impact, potentially leading to reduced self-confidence.


UPNEEQ targets the levator muscle primarily responsible for lifting the upper eyelid. The active ingredient, oxymetazoline hydrochloride, engages the muscle’s receptors, creating a tightening effect that results in a lifted, more open appearance. Most people see an improvement within a few minutes to an hour after applying the eye drops, with effects lasting several hours.

UPNEEQ before-and-after pictures showing how the eye drops provide an eyelid lift for those with mild, moderate, and severe eyelid sagging.

Numerous clinical trials have demonstrated UPNEEQ’s efficacy and safety, making it a viable option for many adults experiencing acquired ptosis. You can learn more about UPNEEQ in our related blog post.

Who’s a Good Candidate for UPNEEQ?

Good candidates for UPNEEQ typically share these characteristics:

  • Acquired ptosis: UPNEEQ is designed primarily for acquired ptosis caused by aging, muscle weakening, or other non-congenital factors.
  • Mild to moderate drooping: Patients with mild to moderate symptoms often find UPNEEQ a convenient and effective solution.
  • General good health: UPNEEQ is most effective in individuals without other severe eye conditions.
  • Aversion to Surgery: If the thought of surgery gives you pause, UPNEEQ may offer a noninvasive solution that can be applied as part of your daily routine.

How Can UPNEEQ Improve Quality of Life?

UPNEEQ’s ability to reduce the visual and cosmetic effects of ptosis can contribute to an overall improved quality of life. Here are just a few of the benefits many people enjoy:

  • Enhanced Confidence: An improved eye appearance gives you a more alert and refreshed look. This can boost self-confidence and self-esteem.
  • Improved Vision: Elevated eyelids allow for improved vision and overall eye comfort.
  • Convenience: This nonsurgical alternative to addressing ptosis can be applied easily at home, providing a convenient option.
  • Daily Activities: By addressing ptosis-related vision impairment, UPNEEQ can make everyday activities such as reading, driving, and using digital devices more comfortable and efficient.

When UPNEEQ May Not Be Enough

While UPNEEQ offers a promising nonsurgical alternative, more extensive treatment may be necessary in certain situations:

  • Surgical options may provide a more permanent and effective solution for those experiencing significant eyelid drooping that considerably obstructs vision.
  • More comprehensive treatment will likely be required if your ptosis is a symptom of a broader medical issue such as nerve palsy or myasthenia gravis.

Your health care provider can evaluate your condition and tailor a treatment plan to address your needs.

Traditional Treatment Options: Understanding the Surgical Route

Levator resection and Müller’s muscle-conjunctival resection are surgical options for ptosis, each tailored to the root cause of drooping. While generally effective, surgical treatment may not be the best option for all patients.

Many patients with mild-to-moderate ptosis are discovering the benefits of UPNEEQ as a less invasive alternative that minimizes risks and eliminates the need for downtime.

Take the Next Step

If you’d like to find out if UPNEEQ could be right for you, we invite you to call our office at (208) 676-8346 or request a consultation.

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