"Temporarily blinded last week while on assignment," Cooper tweeted Tuesday, along with a photo of himself wearing an eye patch.
Temporarily blinded last week while on assignment.UV light bouncing off water. Much better now.Details t instagr.am/p/S0j-HekkEn/— Anderson Cooper (@andersoncooper) December 4, 2012
Cooper elaborated today on "Anderson Live," telling guest co-host Christie Brinkley about a location shoot that had gone wrong.
“I am in this beautiful coastal area shooting this story for "60 Minutes" involving the water — I don’t want to go into details about what the story was — but I am on the water for two hours shooting this story. ... 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.”
Stay safe out there, Andy.