You are wise to be concerned about the flap with LASIK, particularly if you play contact sports.blckmntn wrote: ↑ Pandemic has me in a yolo mindset so I've decided to pursue laser eye surgery. Mainly astigmatism with mild myopia, I've settled on the SMiLE procedure because the idea of a flap makes me uncomfortable (contact sports) and I like the reduced risk of dryness.
I've consulted at a few places but only these two offer SMiLE, at Herzig by Dr. Herzig and at Clearview by Dr. Kranemann. I have friends who speak very highly of Dr. Herzig and I was lucky enough to meet Dr. Kranemann at my consult.
However, do your research on SMILE, as I think the reason that you only found two clinic in your area that offer SMILE is that while SMILE is "newer", most ophthalmologists do not believe that SMILE is superior to LASIK. Do your own research, do not rely on the marketing materials from clinics that have invested in SMILE equipment.