Just FYI. I don't install mouse drivers. Ever. This is my choice and I never have the issue you noted.
I decided to try a Optical mouse on my ME computer, but it acts crazy. At first I thought it was the mouse so took it back and got a MS Optical Mouse. Same thing. It flys all over the screen and jitters at the side of the screen. If I use a mouse pad it works fine. My computer desk is shiny polished wood. Its not a solid color but has heavy graining. I have tried many different surfaces but get same result. I know several people who have optical and use no mouse pads. note, The first mouse had software but it worked much better without the software. Do you think a piece of contact paper in a dark pattern on the desk surface would work?