Experts Propose Screw Caps for Champagne Bottles to Prevent Eye Injuries

Risk of Eye Injuries:

In a surprising suggestion, doctors are advocating for champagne bottles to replace corks with screw caps to mitigate the risk of eye injuries.

With corks possessing a pressure three times that of a car tire, they can shoot out at 50mph, posing a threat of potential blindness if they strike the eye.

The University of Cambridge’s Department of Ophthalmology experts propose warning labels on bottles and recommend celebrants take precautions during champagne popping.

Proposal for Screw Caps:

Medical experts argue that the adoption of screw caps on champagne bottles could significantly reduce the risk of cork-related eye injuries.

They stress that corks, propelled by high pressure, can lead to accidents occurring in just 0.05 seconds.

The researchers propose the use of warning labels and advocate for caution during celebratory moments, suggesting pointing the bottle at a 45-degree angle away from the body.

Precautionary Measures:

To avoid injuries during champagne celebrations, the experts provide practical tips in line with guidance from the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

Recommendations include chilling the bottle to the correct temperature, securely holding the cork during opening, tilting the bottle at a 30-degree angle, and turning the bottle instead of the cork.

Additionally, they advise counteracting the upward force of the cork by pressing down on it.

Real-Life Examples:

The researchers underscore the severity of cork-related injuries by citing real-life incidents, including Love Island star Theo Campbell’s loss of sight in one eye due to a cork accident.

They also reference the case of Eritrean cyclist Biniam Girmay, who suffered an eye injury during a champagne celebration on the winners’ podium.

Statistics and Studies:

Highlighting relevant studies, the experts refer to research indicating that champagne bottle corks were responsible for a significant percentage of eye injuries related to bottle tops, emphasizing the prevalence of such incidents.

They draw attention to studies showcasing the range of injuries, from bleeding and lens dislocation to traumatic cataract formation and other complications.


In conclusion, the experts stress the importance of seeking prompt consultation with an ophthalmologist if injured and reiterate the goal of ensuring a safe and injury-free new year celebration.

The proposed shift to screw caps aims to prevent eye injuries and allow for joyful toasts without compromising eye health.

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