Anderson Cooper Reveals He Went Temporarily Blind

by | December 4, 2012 at 2:05 PM | Anderson

Anderson Cooper and Guest Co-Host Christie Brinkley on 'Anderson Live' (Photo: Anderson Live)

Anderson Cooper got quite a scare last week while he was shooting a story for “60 Minutes” on assignment in Portugal — he went blind for 36 hours.

The CNN newsman revealed the frightening incident on Tuesday’s episode of his daytime talk show “Anderson Live,” which featured guest co-host Christie Brinkley.

Cooper’s CBS News reporting required him to be out at on the water of an undisclosed “beautiful coastal area” for several hours under an overcast sky. Apparently the fared-eyed journalist suffered extreme sun sensitivity and the sun rays reflecting off the water burned his retina, causing him to temporarily lose his vision.

“I wake up in the middle of the night and it feels like my eyes are on fire — my eyeballs — and I think, oh maybe I have sand in my eyes or something,” Cooper, 45, explained. “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.”

As we suspect like many people, Cooper said he had no idea that it was possible for sun exposure to cause blindness.

While his 36-hour vision loss had to be scary, Cooper is able to joke about it now, airing photos of himself wearing eye patches after a trip to the hospital.

“That’s my new Match.com profile picture by the way, I think that’s going to really work for me,” he quipped.