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12/04/2012 01:30 pm ET | Updated Dec 04, 2012

Anderson Cooper Temporarily Blinded On Assignment In Portugal (VIDEO)

Anderson Cooper was temporarily blinded while on assignment in Portugal.

Cooper was blinded for 36 hours due to sunlight reflecting off water while he shot a story at sea for "60 Minutes."

He recounted the experience on "Anderson Live," saying: “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. 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.”

(h/t TV Newser)

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