Watch Your Eyes When Popping Champagne During Your Valentine’s Day Celebrations

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Photo courtesy of nlmAdestiny

Valentine’s Day is a fun time to make grand, romantic gestures to our loved ones. Our Valentine’s Day  celebrations often involve overloading our “amours” with  flowers, chocolates, jewelry, and champagne toasts. However, a romantic dinner can rapidly go awry if you are not careful when opening a special bottle of champagne.

“A Valentine’s Day dinner can quickly become an emergency trip to the eye doctor if precaution is not taken when opening champagne corks,” said Dr. Alan D. Sampson, ophthalmologist and CEO of Creekside Medical Plaza. “People can become preoccupied with their dinner and forget to prepare themselves for the cork to actually pop. In a matter of seconds, that cork can fly full-force into someone’s eye.”

The American Academy of  Ophthalmology states that champagne bottles contain pressure as high as 90 pounds per square inch, which is strong enough send a champagne cork  flying at 50 miles per hour as it leaves the bottle.Champagne cork accidents can lead to many serious eye injuries, including rupture of the eye wall, glaucoma, retinal detachment, ocular bleeding, dislocation of the lens, and damage to the eye’s bone structure. These injuries can require urgent eye surgeries and may lead to blindness in the affected eye.

The American Academy of Ophthalmology offers the following simple tips on how to properly open a bottle of champagne:

  • Chill sparkling wine and champagne to 45 degrees Fahrenheit or colder before opening. The cork of a warm bottle is more likely to pop unexpectedly.
  • Don’t shake the bottle. Shaking increases the speed at which the cork leaves the bottle thereby increasing your chances of severe eye injury.
  • Point the bottle at a 45-degree angle away from yourself and any bystanders and hold down the cork with the palm of your hand while removing the wire hood on the bottle.
  • Place a towel over the entire top of the bottle and grasp the cork.
  • Twist the bottle while holding the cork at a 45 degree angle to break the seal. Counter the force of the cork using downward pressure as the cork breaks free from the bottle.

If you experience an eye injury from a champagne cork, seek immediate medical attention from an ophthalmologist. You can reach Dr. Sampson’s office at (707)263-3500.


February 14, 2013 at 6:37 pm Leave a comment

NEW Shipment of Coach Glasses and Sunglasses – Just in Time for Valentine’s Day


The Optical Shop at Creekside Medical Plaza now carries an extensive line of Coach eye wear. Coach offers luxury, yet affordable frames that come in shapes perfect for every face. Keeping up with the latest trends, our new line of Coach has a variety of colors and frame details, such as the kissing Cs, ribbons, rhinestones, and classic Coach accents. Check out some of our new Coach glasses on the Optical Shop’s website at or come by and see us. Your Valentine will love her new Coach glasses!


February 14, 2013 at 12:25 am Leave a comment

Creekside Medical Plaza Welcomes Dr. H. Vernetta Johnson


Starting November 19, 2012, Dr. Helen Vernetta Johnson will be moving her Creekside Interventional Pain Center (CIPC) to Creekside Medical Plaza. Dr. Johnson has been providing Lake County patients with best practices and excellence in care in Anesthesia and Pain Management for 16 years. CIPC is dedicated to providing the highest quality approach to pain management in order to facilitate patients speedy return to a better quality of life. Creekside Medical Plaza welcomes Dr. H. Vernetta Johnson. View the CIPC website at


October 29, 2012 at 10:17 pm Leave a comment

A New Website for Dr. Alan D. Sampson and Updates on Creekside Medical Plaza

We have a new website for Dr. Alan D. Sampson, M.D. (finally)! Visit our new address at . You can also connect with us on our Facebook fan page here. We would love to hear some of your feedback about our website or anything else on your mind.

There’s also a few new exciting things going on here at Creekside Medical Plaza and Creekside Eye Center. Our optical shop is up and running in full capacity and we have a new selection of children’s frames. Additionally, Kathy just came back from the Vision Expo in Las Vegas where she ordered several new lines such as Persol, Coach, Versace and Jelly Beans and a new line of  Ray-Bans. Look for these new glasses soon and let us know which are your favorites.

To add to the changes around here, we are also renovating the exterior of our building and changing some stuff in optical. What do you think of the new look?

September 12, 2012 at 11:00 pm Leave a comment

New Shipment of Designer Glasses and Sunglasses

Creekside Medical Plaza just received a large shipment of glasses and sunglasses  in this week. Come look at our newest frames from Via Spiga, Boss Orange, and Gucci. We have frames to fit every budget and will work our best to fit your individual needs. With Dr. Alan D. Sampson directly across the hall, you can get  a prescription and your glasses in one convenient stop. Call us today or stop by and see us. We’d love to help you!

February 22, 2012 at 1:12 am Leave a comment

Time to Update

Creekside Medical Plaza held its grand opening last month on January 19, 2011!!! Over 150 patients and friends gathered to celebrate with us and enjoy food, live music, and social fun. Dr. Sampson showed his future plans for the medical plaza, including a new surgery center that will allow out-patient surgical procedures. The grand opening made the front page of the Record Bee!Image


February 22, 2012 at 1:04 am Leave a comment

Visit Our New Optical Shop Website

Our grand opening will be on January 19, 2012 at 6:00 p.m.

Continue Reading December 19, 2011 at 4:46 am Leave a comment

Phase One of Creekside Medical Center is Open

Dr. Sampson has moved his office. We are now located at 987 Parallel Drive in Lakeport, California, right behind Mendocino College and beside the DMV. This new location will eventually host several other medical specialists and The Optical Shop at Creekside Medical Center. This larger, first-class facility will be better able to meet the needs of our patients and local residents. We look forward to serving you at Creekside Medical Center. Please call Dr. Sampson at (707) 495-6224 to make an appointment today.

August 26, 2011 at 2:13 pm Leave a comment

Your Eyes & Cataracts

Has your vision gradually decreased over the years? When was the last time you saw an Ophthalmologist? If you are over 45 years of age, you need to start regularly visiting your local eye doctor to preserve your sight in the long run. Cataracts are more likely to develop during the later stages of your life. A cataract is the clouding of your eyes natural lens, which is normally clear. If you’re over 45 and have difficulty reading, watching TV, or driving, you may have cataracts. Thankfully, cataract removal surgery is generally safe and effective, sometimes restoring patients’ sight to 20/20 vision. Dr. Alan D. Sampson specializes in cataract surgery. Call our office at (707) 263-3500 to schedule an eye appointment today.

August 13, 2010 at 4:01 am Leave a comment

Coming Soon

Creekside Medical Center is the newest location for you to receive care for your health needs. Dr. Alan D. Sampson, M.D. is an ophthalmologist and the first doctor planning to relocate to the center. Check back with our blog to find information on the date the new center will open and valuable health tips.

July 10, 2010 at 6:53 am Leave a comment

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