Why do I get crusty eye goop in the morning?

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.