-- Robert Preidt
FRIDAY, Dec. 31 (HealthDay News) -- Be careful when opening the
champagne bottle on New Year's Eve -- a popped cork can reach a
speed of up to 50 miles per hour, warns an eye expert.
"Incorrect popping of champagne corks is one of the most common holiday-related eye hazards. Anything that travels with such force can have a dangerous effect if it strikes your eye," said Dr. Kuldev Singh, a professor of ophthalmology at the Stanford University School of Medicine, in a news release from the American Academy of Opthalmology (AAO).
Singh, who is also a clinical correspondent for the AAO, added
that "champagne cork injuries can have a devastating impact on your
vision" by leading to problems such as a detached retina, staining
of the cornea and acute glaucoma.
Singh offered the following advice for opening a bottle of
Prevent Blindness America offers a
home eye safety checklist.
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