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Anderson Cooper went blind... for 36 hours

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Anderson Cooper's scary experience

Anderson Cooper revealed Tuesday that he went blind for a day and a half while on assignment.

Scary! Anderson Cooper revealed that he almost lost eyesight in his gorgeous blue eyes while on assignment in Portugal.

"Temporarily blinded last week while on assignment," he wrote on Instagram, along with a photo of a patched right eye. "UV light bouncing off water. Much better now. Details today on #andersonlive."

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The newsman went on to explain during Anderson Live that it happened when UV light bounced off a body of water, in turn sunburning his eyes.

"I wake up in the middle of the night and it feels like my eyes are on fire," he said. "It turns out I have sunburned my eyeballs and I go blind. I went blind for 36 hours. I took this picture of me after I went to the hospital."

"That's my new profile picture, by the way," he joked.

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But, it's no laughing matter.

NBC medical editor Dr. Nancy Snyderman told Cooper that he was lucky.

The Silver Fox is no stranger to dangerous situations, though: He was attacked in Egypt last year during the protests against leader Hosni Mubarak.

"We were set upon by pro-Mubarak supporters punching us in the head," he said at the time. His crew tried to escape, but "the crowd kept growing, kept throwing punches, kicks... suddenly a young man would look at you and punch you in the face."

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This time was less intense — but still dangerous, nonetheless.

"It's a reminder that, frankly, everyone needs sunglasses," Dr. Snyderman said.

"Fortunately for you, you're going to be fine, but it's a real reminder," she added to Cooper.

Image courtesy Dan Jackman/

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