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Anderson Cooper: I Went Blind For 36 Hours

December 08, 2012 04:00 PM by Donna W. Martin

Former host of The Mole, Anderson Cooper was recently on assignment in Portugal doing a story on water for 60 Minutes when he had a rather unusual health scare. What happened to Anderson? Get this! He temporarily lost his eyesight. Take the jump for more details.

According to CNN, Anderson burned his eyeballs. “I am in this beautiful coastal area shooting this story for 60 Minutes involving the water,” he said. “I don’t want to go into details [on] what the story was, but I am on the water for two hours shooting this story and it’s an overcast day… I wake up in the middle of the night and it feels like my eyes are on fire, my eyeballs,” Anderson explains, “and I think, ‘Oh, maybe I have sand in my eyes or something.’ I douse my eyes with water. Anyway, it turns out I have sunburned my eyeballs and I go blind. I went blind for 36 hours.”

Though it was a scary situation, Anderson kept his sense of humor, posting a photo of himself wearing an eye patch over one eye and said, “That’s my new Match.com profile picture by the way.” Then he added, “I think that’s going to really work for me.”

Anderson talked about losing his vision on Tuesday on Anderson Live. “I want to warn people about this” and “I didn’t understand you could actually burn your eyeballs,” he said talking to NBC’s Chief Medical Editor, Dr. Nancy Snyderman. “You can actually burn your eyeballs. The doctor in Portugal, who was lovely, didn’t speak English so I have no idea what actually happened to me. So what happened here,” he asked.

“It’s the UVA and UVB rays of the sun and you have very pale eyes like I do and if you don’t have some kind of sunglasses on that are polarized, it is like snow blindness.” Snyderman explained, “For you, it was the light reflecting off the water.” She added, “Frankly, it’s a reminder that everybody needs sunglasses, definitely on the beach, on the water, on the slopes. You burned your retina and temporary blindness is really common” and “fortunately for you, you’re going to be fine.”

Anderson said he is doing better but is still using a lot of eye drops and said he should be good as new in a few weeks.

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