Thanks for u'r replies and good wishes! Kimber, the surg isn't scheduled yet. I meet with the surgeon on Sept 13th to get all that set up and i'm sure we'll try to do it as quickly after that as possible. Also, the tear isn't in the cornea (thank goodness!), it's in the layer of tissue over the cornea. As it was explained to me, we have a layer of basically skin over our cornea and that's getting caught on my eyelid when my eyes dry and i blink...tearing it. The reason it 'looked' like possible ON is that it came and went and i had blurry vision and a washout effect on my color vision. This all happened over and over as it was torn, healed and torn again. So there u have it...PSUEDO optic neuritis! ;) (nah, not a real term....just my version of all this!) Interestingly enuf, this is due to a weakening of that area of my eye and could be a result of some injury or impact from as far back as early childhood! So beware! Anyone with a history...whether u realize it or not!...can find themselves in this position as well! Uppitycats, yes i'm very glad it's laser! That's the one reason i'm not at all concerned about this. Well that's not exactly true...who isn't at least a little concerned when it comes to surg of any kind? At any rate, i'm satisfied it'll be a breeze. The retina tear should be addressed while we're in there, but that's all up to the surgeon and i'll know that for sure when we meet. Thanks again for u'r thoughtfulness! I'll post again to let u all know the results.