Champagne signals a time of celebration – but opening bubbly can come with some risks. A Champagne cork can fly up to 50 mph as it leaves the bottle — fast enough to shatter glass. If the cork hits an eye, it can cause bleeding, abrasions and even glaucoma. Not only should you be seen at the time of an injury, but you may need long-term follow-up care to prevent late stage permanent vision loss.
If you do sustain an eye injury from a champagne cork, seek immediate medical attention from an ophthalmologist – a physician that specializes in medical and surgical eye care.
Avoid an eye injury by following these tips:
Keep the Champagne cold.
Champagne bubbles are filled with gas that expands when warm. To preserve your eyesight and prevent the bottle from opening unexpectedly, always chill your Champagne in the fridge or on ice to about 45 degrees.
Don’t shake, rattle or point the bottle towards anyone.
Agitating Champagne increases pressure. Never point a bottle in someone’s direction. It could cost them their sight.
Control the cork.
Tear off the foil then remove the wire hood. Place a towel over the top of the bottle and grasp the cork. Point the bottle at a 45-degree angle away from yourself and any bystanders. Slowly and firmly twist the bottle not the cork. Do this until the pressure in the bottle begins to push the cork out naturally.
Toast and clink carefully to avoid breaking the Champagne glasses.
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