Upneeq® Eye Drops FAQs: How Long It Lasts, How Much It Costs & More

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Have you tried eyelid lift cream or strips with little success? Enter Upneeq, a prescription eye drop that offers a nonsurgical eyelid lift solution for women and men with droopy, low-lying eyelids caused by aging or other issues. Because Upneeq is relatively new, many people have questions about where to buy it, how much it costs, and if there are side effects.

In this blog post, we’ll answer those questions and more about this exciting, innovative treatment.

What Is Upneeq?

Upneeq (oxymetazoline hydrochloride ophthalmic solution, 0.1%) is the only FDA-approved prescription eyedrop for acquired ptosis (low-lying lids) that lifts your upper eyelids to create a more alert, rested appearance.

What Is Acquired Ptosis?

Ptosis describes the condition when the upper eyelid droops over the eye. It can be a cosmetic issue that causes you to appear tired all the time. In more severe cases, ptosis can obstruct vision. Acquired ptosis is a common condition often associated with aging, as the eyelid muscles stretch and weaken. Cataract surgery, wearing contact lenses, or an underlying medical condition can all result in acquired ptosis.

How Does Upneeq Work?

Upneeq eye drops cause the eyelid muscle to contract, which raises the upper eyelid. Treatment involves placing one drop in each eye daily. Most people notice improvement within 2 hours of applying the eye drops; the results can last up to 8 hours.

Where Can I Buy Upneeq?

You need a prescription to obtain Upneeq. Dr. Johnson prescribes Upneeq after screening patients to ensure they are good candidates for the treatment. Upneeq is available directly from RVL Pharmacy and is dispensed here at Advanced Aesthetics.

Does Upneeq Have Side Effects?

After using Upneeq, a small number of patients (approximately 1 to 5%) experienced eye inflammation, eye redness, dry eye, blurred vision, eye pain when applied, irritation, or a headache. It’s also important to tell Dr. Johnson about any history of high blood pressure and any eye issues.

How Much Does Upneeq Cost?

The cost of Upneeq can vary depending on the provider. In general, a 45-day Upneeq prescription costs about $200.

Does Insurance Cover Upneeq?

Upneeq isn’t considered a medically necessary treatment when used for cosmetic reasons, so health insurance doesn’t cover the cost of the prescription.

How Long Does Upneeq Take To Work?

Most patients see results about 2 hours after using the eye drops. The improvements last about 6 to 8 hours.

How Does Upneeq Compare With Eyelid Surgery?

Upneeq provides temporary improvement to the appearance of droopy eyelids. Eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) produces long-lasting results for patients. Surgical eyelid lifts involve risks inherent with any surgery and require some healing time.

Schedule Your Consultation

If you’re bothered by droopy eyelids because they make you appear tired, Upneeq could be for you. You can discuss your concerns with Dr. Johnson by requesting a consultation using the online form or by calling our Coeur d’Alene, ID, practice at (208) 676-8346 to schedule an appointment.

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