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Anderson Cooper Temporarily Blinded On Assignment In Portugal (VIDEO)

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

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.”

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