11.02.2009

"Avoid eye injuries" this Valentine"s Day

"Avoid eye injuries" this Valentine"s Day

Valentine"s Day is a time when champagne often flows as freely as the romance, but one organisation is warning lovers not to be too cavalier when popping open the bubbly.

According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, there are hundreds of people who suffer eye injuries each year while celebrating special occasions - and flying corks are a particular hazard.

Tamara Fountain MD, a clinical correspondent with the academy, said that a champagne cork can leave the bottle at speeds of up to 50 miles per hour - having a potentially "devastating effect" if it hits somebody in the eye.

"An eye injury can take all of the romance out of your Valentine"s Day," she warned.

Tips to avoid an unfortunate injury when opening a bottle of champagne include placing a towel over bottle and holding it at a 45-degree angle.

In the UK, sales of wines at "budget" supermarkets appear to be on the up, which could mean that Valentine"s Day can be done without breaking the bank this year.

Aldi"s wine buyer Danny Gibson told the Telegraph that sales of wine at the store are up 40 per cent on last year.

by Adrian Galbreth


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