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Be Careful How You Pop That Bubbly!

Champagne Popping Can Cause Eye Injuries Everyone likes a good time, especially around New Year's. During the holidays and celebrations champagne flows freely. But pause for a moment and consider that bottle of champagne. It may just endanger your eyesight!

For those that don't know, opening a bottle of bubbly the wrong way may result in an eye injury. In fact, bottles that are uncorked improperly are one of the leading reasons patients visit the emergency room during holidays.

According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology improper holiday corking is indeed a serious matter.

It sounds funny, but it is true. Think about it. Most people are already giddy with glee and a bit happy when the time comes to pop open a bottle of bubbly. One false move and the cork could fly across the room and hit someone in the eye, causing serious damage.

Here are some tips to follow to ensure you open your bottle safely:

  • First, make sure the bottle is chilled and has sat for some time. Do not risk opening a bottle that may have been jostled or shaken.
  • Next, grasp the bottle firmly and hold the cork down using the palm of your hand. You can then remove the wire hood. Keep a hand on the cork however, because sometimes a bottle uncorks itself unexpectedly.
  • Now, use a towel to grasp the top of the bottle including the cork, and very slowly break the seal by twisting the cork.
  • Give the cork a slight pull up while twisting slightly. Pull very slowly until the cork is just out of the neck, then gently pop your bottle open.
If you follow the tips in this article, you should have no problems opening your bottle without endangering anyone's eye. You know the old line from A Christmas Story... "You'll shoot your eye out." When it comes to champagne, it's quite true IF you don't do things right the first time.

So take your time. Chill the bottle. Use a towel and open wisely. Then enjoy a little bubbly on the side. And if you are in for a thrill ride, just make sure no one is standing near or directly in front of the cork. That way you can have a little fun without endangering anyone's eye.

Thanksgiving Holiday Update 2012

Thanksgiving is a holiday that focuses around the table, providing thanks with family and friends over a plate full of turkey, green grain casserole and cranberry sauce. While some might call this holiday feast indulgent, there is a reason to stock up on seasonal meals like those included at Thanksgiving dinner: your eye health. In moderation, even that pumpkin pie could play a part in keeping your eyes healthy.

So, what are the benefits of certain Thanksgiving foods?

  • Most fruits and vegetables consist of Vitamin C, consisting of oranges, strawberries, papaya, and tomatoes.
  • Vitamin E could be discovered in veggie oils (safflower and corn oil), almonds, pecans, wheat germ and sunflower seeds.
  • For beta-carotene, try deep orange or yellow fruits and vegetables such as peaches, sweet potatoes and carrots.
  • Dark green leafy veggies such as spinach, kale, collard greens, broccoli, and asparagus are the main sources of lutein and zeaxanthin.
  • Great sources of zinc include beef, pork, milk, peanuts, whole grains and wheat germ.
  • Great sources of omega-3 fatty acids are leafy green veggies, nuts, fish, and vegetable oils such as canola, soy, and especially flaxseed.

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