As 2020 comes to a close, many people plan to ring in the new year with a bit of bubbly.
But that can lead to calamity when not done safely, warns the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), which offers tips for keeping a Champagne toast from going wrong.
A warm bottle of Champagne paired with poor technique for opening it can send a cork flying up to 50 miles per hour, threatening serious injuries.
"Champagne cork injuries really do happen, and they have real consequences," said Dr. Dianna Seldomridge, a clinical spokesperson for the AAO.
"For this holiday season, our advice is twofold. As COVID-19 cases and deaths continue to be at an all-time high, keep your holiday celebrations smaller, limited to immediate household members. And make sure your at-home celebrations are safe from sight-threatening eye injuries," she said in an academy news release.
Seldomridge offered these tips for opening a bottle of sparkling wine safely:
Exploding corks can cause numerous eye injuries, from cuts and bruises to cataracts, glaucoma and ruptured eyeballs, the AAO said. If you are injured, seek medical attention immediately.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has tips for holiday celebrations during the COVID-19 pandemic.
SOURCE: American Academy of Ophthalmology, news release, Dec. 16, 2020