New FDA-approved eye drops promise to brighten, widen eyes without surgery or injections – CBS Philly

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A new way to get big, bright eyes without surgery or injections. These are the first eye drops approved by the FDA to give your eyes a boost.

“It’s literally a drop in each eye,” Lisa Winig said.

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For special occasions, Winig has a new secret weapon.

“It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3,” she said.

And just like that, she has wider, brighter eyes.

“Both my eyes are droopy. One sags more and so I do it in both and it definitely opens them both,” Winig said.

The new FDA-approved eye drops are called Upneeq, touted as the first non-invasive prescription solution for droopy eyelids.

It works by stimulating an involuntary muscle in the eyelid.

“The drug is called Oxymatazalin, which you may know as Afrin. Now you can use it in your eyelid. found there,” said plastic surgeon Jason Bloom.

Bloom says the drops last about eight hours, a temporary way to reduce sagging or swelling of the upper eyelid.

“It constricts or closes a lot of blood vessels in the eye which can appear red. So what happens is the eyes become whiter and brighter in addition to being more open,” said said Bloom.

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Dr. Bloom was so intrigued that he used the drops himself. The results are subtle.

“But it can really make a difference,” he said.

Side effects of Upneeq can include eye irritation, dryness, redness, headache, and corneal inflammation.

Bloom says they’re rare and temporary, and the drops are a good alternative to surgery or injectables.

“Now patients have something at home, a drop, that can give them a brighter, bigger eye,” he said.

Winig, who lives in Bryn Mawr, says he noticed the problem more during the pandemic.

“I started looking at selfies and Zoom calls and photos and it really bothered me,” she said.

Here is the before and after comparison of Winig.

She says she uses the drops mainly for evening events.

“For me, it just helps me feel better about myself and it just makes me look more awake, fresher, more alive. It’s that perfect little pick-me-up with my makeup,” she said. declared.

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A box of 25 droppers costs about $200, or about $8 per use for both eyes.