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      Anderson Cooper temporarily blind after stint in Portugal

      LOS ANGELES (AP) - Anderson Cooper says a reporting assignment turned into a temporary blindness scare.

      On his talk show Tuesday, Cooper said he was in Portugal last week working on a story for "60 Minutes" and spent two hours on the water.

      The newsman says that later, he developed a burning sensation in his eyes and lost sight for 36 hours.

      Showing a photo he took of himself with an eye patch, Cooper joked it would be his new online dating picture.

      On a more serious note, Cooper said he wanted to warn viewers about the risk. Dr. Nancy Snyderman, chief medical correspondent for NBC News, explained to Cooper he had suffered a retina burn.

      Snyderman cautioned that "everybody needs sunglasses," adding that protection from the sun can prevent cataracts later in life.