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The price of journalism!

Anderson Cooper went temporarily blind last week while on assignment in Portugal, the CNN host explained on his daytime talk show Tuesday.

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"I am in this beautiful coastal area shooting this story for 60 Minutes involving the water," Cooper says. "I don't want to go into details [on] what the story was, but I am on the water for two hours shooting this story and it's an overcast day... 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."

Cooper tweeted out a photo wearing an eye patch over one eye, joking, "That's my new profile picture by the way. I think that's going to really work for me."

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