I had this problem as a child/young adult, my eyelds would swell shut, especially at night, crust over and rip out my eyelashes trying to open them.I had to soak them with a warm wet washcloth until the crusts loosened and the puffiness got better. It was called blepharitis and considered to be benign, though now I still have swollen eyelids and have a lot of gallium uptake in my eyes, possible infection, cancer, sarcoid, other. The thyroid can make the eyelids swell alot too.
Definitely worth getting checked out. The gallium scan is sort of like PET scan, they inject you with radioactive dye and it shows infections and cancers due to uptake of gallium. They suspectedme of a granulomatous disease like Wegeners, I had active TB and am undergoing treatment for it but it also affects the eyes and causes granulomatous changes.
The burning and swelling Weleetka describes reminds me of sjogrens, which I also have,where the eyes are really dry, then they get really irritated. There are eyedrops the rheumy or eye doc can prescribe and Evoxac helps a little.
Sounds worth seeing somebody about. I hope you feel better soon.
Ills--Sjogrens-Lupus cond., AI polygland. dysfunction 2, hyper/hypopigment, scoliosis,kyphosis,stenosis, deg.,O.A.,spine surgeries, salivary/lymphectomies, NASH, COPD, RLS, UT/GI bleeds, hystero, brain/nerve damage,TB
Meds--INH,Plaquenil, Evoxac, Metformin, Synthroid, HCTZ, HRT and Lidocaine patchs, Voltaren gel, Klonopin, Vicodin, Restasis, Albuterol, steroids