Anyone who reads this site regularly knows we LOVE Anderson Cooper around here. Whether he’s eviscerating Twitter trolls from war zones or putting a rhetorical boot up Star Jones’ ass or calmly reporting on violent conflicts while bombs go off all around him or telling horrible people they’re horrible to their faces, we simply adore the Silver Fox and cannot get enough of him.

With that said, if you tuned into Anderson Live or Anderson 360 yesterday (as we did…as we do EVERYDAY!), you know that our boy AC wasn’t around for those programs, leaving us to wonder if he was still nursing a Thanksgiving food hangover or something. Turns out, it was much worse: Anderson went temporarily blind. Oh, THE HORROR!

As he detailed today on Anderson Live — with Christie Brinkley, aka Mrs. Jerry Gergich, by his side as co-host — Cooper lost sight for roughly 36 hours.

“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 and it’s an overcast day,” says Cooper. “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.”

Who knew such beautiful blue eyes could contain any flaws?! Anyway, here’s video of AC detailing his bout with sunburned eyeballs. No, that doesn’t sound unpleasant at all!

BTW, just prior to this part of the show, Cooper also shared a story about getting the shits on a long plane trip. It was wonderful. Sadly, I can’t find video of it as of this moment, but will embed it in here later if I find it. Christie Brinkley’s mind was really blown by that story.

(Anderson’s new profile pic via Instagram)