Opti-Health Optometry in Santa Monica is proud to offer UPNEEQ, a non-surgical solution for droopy eyelid repair

Welcome to the future of eyelid rejuvenation! At OptiHealth Optometry, we’re excited to introduce Upneeq, a revolutionary non-invasive treatment for ptosis (droopy eyelids). Say goodbye to tired-looking eyes and hello to a brighter, more youthful appearance with Upneeq. Discover how this innovative solution can transform your gaze and boost your confidence with a simple eye drop. Say hello to lifted eyelids and a rejuvenated look that reflects the vibrant energy within you.

What is Ptosis

Ptosis, also known as drooping eyelid, is a condition characterized by the upper eyelid sagging or drooping lower than normal. This results in the upper lid partially or completely covering the eye, leading to vision obstruction and a “sleepy” appearance.  When ptosis is unilateral, it can an asymmetrical appearance of the eyes. Ptosis can occur due to a variety of factors, including age-related weakening of the muscles that control eyelid movement, nerve damage, congenital defects, or certain medical conditions. Depending on the severity and underlying cause, treatment options for ptosis may include surgical correction to lift the eyelid to a more functional position or the use of specialized glasses or eye drops to manage symptoms. Early diagnosis and appropriate management are crucial for preventing vision impairment and improving quality of life for individuals affected by ptosis.

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What Causes Droopy Eyelids?

Ptosis has a variety of potential causes.

Ptosis in Adults

Droopy eyelids are often found in older adults whose eyelid muscles have changed over time. Certain conditions such as neurological disorders and traumatic injuries can also lead to ptosis. 

New ptosis can occur due to various ocular conditions such as styes and systemic conditions such as myasthenia gravis. You should get an eye examination if you notice that one or both eye of your eye lids is starting to droop

Ptosis in Children

Some children are born with an underdeveloped muscle in their eyelid that leads to ptosis. This type of ptosis, also known as congenital ptosis can lead to amblyopia, or lazy eye, if it is not promptly corrected. 

NOTE: Sudden droopy eyelid that is accompanied by an eye turn, dilated pupil, drooping of the face, slurred speech, and other symptoms can indicate an emergency. If you are concerned that you or a loved one is having a medical emergency, you should seek immediate medical attention at a local emergency room or call 911. 

Droopy Eyelid after Botox

Ptosis, or drooping of the upper eyelid, can occur as a rare side effect of Botox injections. This happens when the toxin spreads beyond the targeted muscles and affects the muscles responsible for lifting the eyelid. While ptosis after Botox is typically temporary and resolves on its own as the effects of the toxin wear off, it can be concerning for patients. If you experience ptosis after Botox treatment, it’s important to communicate with your healthcare provider immediately for guidance and management. In most cases, reassurance and monitoring are sufficient, but in rare instances, additional treatments may be necessary to address the drooping eyelid.

Now, UPNEEQ offers a quick solution for post-botox droopy eyelids. While you still should speak to your healthcare provider if you develop ptosis after botox, you can also visit your local eye doctor to get UPNEEQ to help you achieve wider eyes faster. 

How is Ptosis Treated

There are several ways to treat droopy eyelids. If your upper eyelid droops, UPNEEQ may be able to help you get your natural bright eyes back. Surgery may sometimes be required to repair a drooping upper eyelid. If the lower eyelid seems to droop, surgical intervention may also be necessary to prevent discomfort and damage that results from dryness. 

Your eye doctor will perform a careful examination to identify, evaluate, and treat ptosis. 

UPNEEQ 101

What is UPNEEQ?

UPNEEQ ® (oxymetazoline hydrochloride ophthalmic solution), 0.1% is a prescription eyedrop used to treat acquired blepharoptosis (low-lying lids) in adults.

What warnings and precautions are associated with UPNEEQ?

  • Low-lying lids may be related to conditions such as stroke and/or brain aneurysm, Horner syndrome, myasthenia gravis, loss of the ability to move eye muscles, eye infection and eye tumors. Tell your doctor if you have any of these conditions.
  • UPNEEQ is a type of medication that may affect your blood pressure. If you have heart disease, uncontrolled high or low blood pressure, or feel faint at rest or when quickly standing up, you should call your doctor if your symptoms get worse.
  • Patients with reduced blood flow to the brain or heart, or patients who experience eye or mouth dryness due to an immune system disorder (Sjögren’s syndrome), should use care when taking UPNEEQ. Call your doctor immediately if you feel your symptoms may be getting worse.
  • UPNEEQ may increase the risk of eye pressure due to fluid buildup (angle-closure glaucoma) in patients with untreated narrow-angle glaucoma. Call your doctor immediately if you feel increased pressure in your eye after using UPNEEQ.
  • Do not let the tip of the UPNEEQ vial touch your eye or any other surface. This can help prevent eye injury or contamination. Each UPNEEQ vial is for one-time use and should be discarded after being used.

What are the most common side effects of UPNEEQ?

The most common adverse reactions with UPNEEQ (occurring in 1-5% of patients) were eye inflammation, eye redness, dry eye, blurred vision, eye pain at time of use, eye irritation, and headache.

How to Tell if UPNEEQ is Right For You

If you are noticing that one of or both of your eyelids are drooping, you should get an eye exam. At OptiHealth Optometry in Santa Monica, Dr. Irina will carefully review your medical history, eye and vision health, and your symptoms to help determine the cause of your droopy eyelid.

NOTE: Sudden droopy eyelid that is accompanied by an eye turn, dilated pupil, drooping of the face, slurred speech, and other symptoms can indicate an emergency. If you are concerned that you or a loved one is having a medical emergency, you should seek immediate medical attention at a local emergency room or call 911. 

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