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Why do I get crusty eye goop in the morning?
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Dr. Joseph Fishkin
Ophthalmology
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In brief: Normal or infection
All night long, our closed eyes provide a warm, dark, moist environment for bacteria to grow, and there can be a constant battle between these bacteria and our natural defenses.
The "goop" you see is the product of that all-night battle, and some people tend to get more goop than others. There are some conditions, like blepharitis (eyelid inflammation) that tend to produce more of this discharge.

In brief: Normal or infection
All night long, our closed eyes provide a warm, dark, moist environment for bacteria to grow, and there can be a constant battle between these bacteria and our natural defenses.
The "goop" you see is the product of that all-night battle, and some people tend to get more goop than others. There are some conditions, like blepharitis (eyelid inflammation) that tend to produce more of this discharge.
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