Anderson Cooper feeling better after going temporarily blind

Paula David – Fourth Estate Cooperative Reporter

Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E) – Talk show host Anderson Cooper is now recovering after being temporarily blind last week due to sunburned eyeballs.

Cooper, 45, posted a close up photo of him wearing an eye patch on his left eye on Instagram captioned, “Temporarily blinded last week while on assignment. UV light bouncing off water. Much better now. Details today on #andersonlive”

He explained the situation on Anderson Cooper Live, saying he went blind over the weekend while in Portugal filming a story for ’60 Minutes.’

Cooper said, “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. I went to see a doctor.”

During the show, Cooper consulted with Dr. Nancy Snyderman, chief medical editor of NBC, who said that his temporary blindness was caused by light reflecting off the water that burned his retinas.

Dr. Snyderman then warned the audience to consider constant eye protection, reminding everyone “frankly needs sunglasses” to avoid eye damage.

Meanwhile, Cooper, feeling better, joked about his eye patch photo saying, “That’s my new profile picture, by the way.”

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