By Erin Strecker
Updated December 04, 2012 at 09:58 PM EST
Anderson Cooper
Credit: Anderson Cooper's Instagram Account

Poor Anderson Cooper!

It was no laughing matter for the perennial giggler this week when Cooper Instagrammed a photo of himself with an eyepatch: “Temporarily blinded last week while on assignment,” he said. “UV light bouncing off water. Much better now. Details today on #andersonlive.”

One million questions! What dangerous mission was he off completing? Who was he battling in vicious hand-to-hand combat? The answer wasn’t as Indiana Jones-y as he probably hoped. On Anderson Cooper Live today, Cooper shared that he had been on assignment for a 60 Minutes story off the coast of Portugal, according to People. And then, basically, he forgot to wear sunglasses.

“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….That’s my new profile picture, by the way.”

Hopefully he heals in time to party with Kathy Griffin on New Year’s Eve.

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