Talk about giving it your all. That’s what Anderson Cooper recently did for 60 Minutes and it temporarily cost the talk show host eyesight.
“Temporarily blinded last week while on assignment,” Cooper noted via Instagram. He even posted a picture of himself sporting an eye patch to prove his claim. But what happened to the Anderson Live host?
Cooper explained the turn of events on his show, starting with the following. “I wake up in the middle of the night and it feels like my eyes are on fire.” It turns out that was caused by UV light bouncing off nearby water, intensifying the sun’s rays and literally burning Cooper’s retinas. As Anderson put it bluntly, “I…sunburned my eyeballs.” He went on to explain the mishap resulted in blindness for 36 hours. Thank goodness it was just temporary.
Dr. Nancy Snyderman, NBC’s medical editor explained the incident in more detail, noting it’s similar to what sometimes happens with snow boarders and skiers. UV light bouncing off the water or the snow gets significantly intensified. When that happens, it can be too much for the human eye to handle. When the retinas are temporarily damaged, blindness can and usually does ensue.
Sadly, Cooper could have avoided the damage by simply wearing sunglasses. It’s no doubt a mistake he won’t make again.
Live and learn is the motto now. It’s just too bad sometimes, learning gets done the hard way. Still, Anderson Cooper’s fans are thankful that the damage to his eyes isn’t permanent. That’s all that really matters.