In December, merry-making at all turns can induce careless behavior in the most cautious individuals. Accordingly, the American Academy of Ophthalmology has declared December as Safe Toys and Celebrations Month. The AAO has outlined a range of common sense, eyesight-preserving practices during the holidays, from selecting non-shooting gifts for children, to practicing significant caution when opening champagne bottle at holiday parties.
Don’t let an eye injury ruin your child’s holiday season. The AAO has outlined a list of common toys that contribute to 200K+ traumatic injury cases recorded annually in U.S. emergency rooms that can pose a threat to your child’s eyes.
Pressure within a champagne bottle ranges from 70–90 pounds per square inch (psi). A cork can fly up to 50 mph as it leaves the bottle, fast enough to shatter glass. If the cork hits an eye, it can cause bleeding, abrasions and even glaucoma. The AAO has outlined several preventive tips for “How To Pop a Champagne Cork Without Harming Your Eye.”
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