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6 steps to prevent champagne cork from shooting your eye

A corkscrew should never be used to open a bottle of champagne or sparkling wine.

Scientists led by an Indian-origin researcher have found that popping champagne cork incorrectly can cause serious eye injuries,which may even lead to blindness.

Hence American Academy of Opthalmology (AAO) has recommended some steps that may prevent such mishaps from occurring.

“A cork can fly up to 50 miles per hour as it leaves the bottle,generating a force powerful enough to shatter glass,” the AAO warned in a press release.

“If you follow a few simple steps to properly open a bottle of champagne,you can keep your holidays enjoyable and safe,” Kuldev Singh,an ophthalmologist and clinical correspondent for the AAO said.

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Singh said sparkling wine should be chilled to at least 45 degrees Fahrenheit (7 degress Celsius) before opening,as a warm bottle is more likely to pop its cork unexpectedly.

He also said bottle should not be shaken. Shaking increases the speed at which the cork leaves the bottle,thereby increasing the chances of severe eye injury.

To open the bottle safely,people should hold down the cork with the palm of their hand while removing the wire hood. Bottle should be pointed at a 45-degree angle away from the person and any bystanders.

People should also place a towel over the entire top of the bottle and grasp the cork.

Bottle should be kept at a 45-degree angle as people slowly and firmly twist the bottle while holding the cork to break the seal. Drinkers should continue to hold the cork while twisting the bottle and until the cork is almost out of the neck.

They should counter the force of the cork using slight downward pressure just as the cork breaks free from the bottle.

A corkscrew should never be used to open a bottle of champagne or sparkling wine.