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Here’s How to Open a Champagne Bottle Without Hurting Your Eye

Before you pop a bottle of Champagne this holiday season, learn how to do it safely

Before you pop a bottle of Champagne this holiday season, learn how to do it safely. A warm bottle of champagne coupled with poor technique can send a cork flying up to 50 mph; powerful enough to shatter glass and eyeballs. Ophthalmologists, physicians specializing in medical and surgical eye care, say exploding corks can cause a wide range of eye injuries, from cuts and bruises to cataractsglaucoma, and ruptured eyeballs. Cork-related eye injuries are avoidable. Follow these tips from CODET Vision Institute and the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

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 de 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.

Celebrate Safely

Toast and clink carefully to avoid breaking the Champagne glasses.

If injury does occur, seek medical attention immediately from an urgent care medical professional or an ophthalmologist.

Source: American Academy of Ophthalmology