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Anderson Cooper briefly blinded

AndersCooper wears an eye patch phohe shared Instagram.

Anderson Cooper wears an eye patch in a photo he shared on Instagram.

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LOS ANGELES — Anderson Cooper says a reporting assignment turned into a temporary blindness scare.

On his talk show Tuesday, Cooper said he was in Portugal last week working on a story for “60 Minutes” and spent two hours on the water. Later, he felt his eyes were “on fire, and he lost sight for 36 hours.

Showing a photo he took of himself with an eye patch, Cooper joked it would be his new online dating picture.

Dr. Nancy Snyderman, chief medical correspondent for NBC News, explained to Cooper he had suffered a retina burn. Snyderman cautioned that “everybody needs sunglasses,” adding that protection from the sun can prevent cataracts later in life.

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