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I think it is natural for an IS to have some of this sleepy goo in the inside corners of their eyes. My boy had it every day and there were no problems with his eyes. I found the best way to gently tease it off was with a facecloth soaked in lukewarm water and then wrung out. Then gently wipe until it softens and comes off (especially when it sticks to the short hairs near their eyes). I don't think you should have any cause for concern, Julie. It is natural and I have seen it in other IS too.
I had a girl who always had gooy eyes in the morning, I took her to an eye clinic run by Prof Peter Bedford, without cleaning them so that he could see, he said goo is good ! it's natures own eye cleaner/ lubricator, so no need to worry ! not sure if associated, but tears contain penicillin.
You should always worry though if the goo is yellow or green, it indicates infection which could be anywhere in the body.
Our Bentley has always had the brownish goop in his eyes. Not sure where my husband found the info but we give our pups one small spoonful of fat free plain yogurt with each meal. I don't know why, but it seems to help.