This does not sound like Herpes. It acts completely differently. It sounds like you have a condition called meibomitis. This is a condition (similar to acne) where the glands in the lids are overproducing oil. The oil then irritates the eye, causes it to get dry and red, and can causes the pores to get clogged. When this happens, the glands swell up like a stye (that's what the clear blisters sound like). Sometimes the caked up oil can blur the vision and cause matter while you sleep. You can treat this by scrubbing the lid margins with a mixture of warm water and baby shampoo twice daily.
Hope this helps and thank you.