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November 1978

Ocular Injuries From Exploding Beverage Bottles

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Ophthalmology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Eye and Ear Hospital.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1978;96(11):2040-2041. doi:10.1001/archopht.1978.03910060428005

• Exploding glass bottles filled with carbonated beverages cause serious ocular injuries that have not received adequate attention in ophthalmic publications. All three patients described in this article had corneal lacerations and traumatic cataracts developed. One patient was left with an inoperable retinal detachment.

Beverage bottles may explode with normal handling and without provocation. Manufacturing standards have just taken effect that may help to eliminate defective bottles. The addition of plastic sleeves to beverage bottles and the use of plastic shatterproof bottles also reduce the hazard of explosions and high velocity fragments. It is advisable to avoid subjecting beverage bottles to undue heat and agitation and to direct the cap away from the face when opening the bottle.

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