Posted by: juliegriffey | January 2, 2013

Ringing in the New Year Without an Ocular Injury

Ringing in the New Year Without An Occular Injury

Ringing in the New Year Without An Occular Injury

One of the most common ocular injuries – especially during this time of year – is the champagne cork in the eye.  Think about it. When you open a bottle of champagne, you are releasing a cork from a bottle that has been sealed with a pressure setting higher than the  pressure of the tires on a double-decker bus.  Combine that with the fact that the person opening the champagne has probably already consumed some alcohol and it’s understandable why people might get injured.

Injuries due to flying champagne corks can be quite serious.  In some cases, it can lead to the complete loss of an eye.  Other potentinal  injuries include internal hemorrhage, traumatic cataract, and torn or detached retinas.  Of all injuries associated with carbonated beverages, champagne bottles were deemed the most dangerous.

To avoid turning a happy celebration into an ocular tragedy, here are some tips:

  • Chill your champagne! Warm champagne creates more pressure behind the cork.
  • Do not shake the bottle!
  • Use a towel when opening the bottle.
  • Point the bottle at a 45-degree angle away from yourself and from anyone else.

Sources:
http://theopticalvisionsite.com/health/champagne-corks-can-cause-serious-eye-injuries/
http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-204_162-57561145/eye-doctors-beware-of-champagne-related-injuries-on-new-years/
http://www.kgbanswers.com/on-average-how-many-people-lose-an-eye-per-year-from-champagne-corks/4033495
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1771961/

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