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Don't ring in the new year at a hospital — think twice before you carelessly open that celebratory bottle of champagne.
According to CBS News, the American Academy of Ophthalmology is warning that a popped champagne cork, traveling at up to 50 mph, could cause serious damage and even blindness.
The academy issued a news release stating that champagne cork mishaps can lead to a variety of serious eye injuries, including rupture of the eye wall, acute glaucoma, retinal detachment, ocular bleeding, dislocation of the lens, and damage to the eye's bone structure.
“When a champagne cork flies, you really have no time to react and protect your delicate eyes,” said Dr. Monica L. Monica, an ophthalmologist and spokesperson for the Academy. “Uncontrolled champagne corks can lead to painful eye injuries and devastating vision loss. We don't want anyone to end up ringing in the year on an ophthalmologist's surgery table.”
The academy previously warned that improperly aimed popping of Champagne corks is one of the most common causes for holiday-related eye injuries, according to ABC News.
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