New Year’s Eve and Eye Safety
With New Year’s Eve right around the corner, so is the risk for many ocular injuries. Champagne corks can be hazardous projectiles and can result in serious eye injuries such as retinal detachments, hyphemas (bleeding in the eye), lens dislocation, and retinal and vitreous hemorrhages. According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology there are certain steps to follow to safely open a champagne bottle.
1. When the champagne bottle is warmer, the pressure inside the bottle builds up, so it is very important to chill the bottle.
2. Also don’t shake, rattle, or point the bottle. Shaking can increase the pressure inside of the bottle.
3. After tearing off the foil of the champagne cork, always hold the cork down with your hand while taking off the wire. Never use a corkscrew.
4. Place a towel over the entire top of the champagne bottle, hold the cork, and place the bottle at a 45 degree angle away from yourself and others. While holding the cork, slowly and firmly twist the bottle at its base to break the seal. Apply light pressure downward just as the cork breaks free to create the signature pop of the bottle.
5. Toast carefully!
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Jennine Lutz, OD
Matossian Eye Associates