Nebraska emergency rooms will be busy tonight but the American Academy of Ophthalmology wants those celebrating New Year’s Eve to be very careful opening that bottle of bubbly.
Dr. Monica L. Monica is a spokesperson with the American Academy of Ophthalmology and says mishaps can lead to a number of injuries including rupture of the eye wall, glaucoma, retinal detachment, ocular bleeding, dislocation of the lens and even damage to the bones around the eye.
Champagne corks can turn into a flying projectile that can reach a speed of 50-miles per hour. That is strong enough to shatter glass which could also cause injury.
Dr. Monica says if someone is hit in the eye with a cork they should not touch the eye and get immediately to a hospital emergency room.
The American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends champagne is chilled before opening. Point the bottle at a 45-degree angle away from yourself and others and hold the cork with the palm of the hand when removing the wire and put a towel over the top of the bottle and use it to grab the cork.