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http://www.biginjapan.co/biginjapan/getting-healthy-in-leeds-with-v-physique-body-by-design/

Those who have known me a while will know that I just about kept my body shape in control (mainly in Okinawa through sweating generally due to the heat and humidity) or because of walking so much with my car dying.  It definitely wasn’t due to exercise though!  But after a couple of months of being back in England […]

 

Get Money Off Your LASIK in Japan at the Kobe Kanagawa Clinic

Posted By Dave on November 19th, 2013

Anyone who’s been reading the periodic updates on this site over the past 6 months will know that in March of this year I underwent LASIK eye surgery at Kobe Kanagawa Eye Clinic’s Osaka branch.  Well you can read about that experience elsewhere, but in short, I’ve been more than happy with the results.  I’ve had a few people read my articles and post comments about how they’re considering eye surgery here in Japan, so I want to give a little back in thanks for your time.  So how about some money off your LASIK?  Being from Yorkshire, there are few things I like better in life than saving money!  Interested?  Well read on…

The Kobe Kanagawa Eye Clinic offers a referral programme that’s easily missed as it’s not on the English version of their website, but is simple to get into and get some money off.

What you get:  Discounts, and pretty good ones depending on the type of surgery you get.  Here’s a quick list of the types of LASIK offering discounts and the discount available with the referral programme.

iFS IntraLASIK     –     ¥20,000 discount (¥235,000  ->  ¥215,000)

Premium iLASIK (5-year warranty plan)     –     ¥5,000 discount (¥280,000  ->  ¥275,000)

Premium iLASIK (Totalcare warranty plan)     –     ¥30,000 discount (¥350,000  ->  ¥320,000)

Custom Epi-LASIK     –     ¥30,000 discount (¥320,000  ->  ¥290,000)

Custom LASEK     –     ¥30,000 discount (¥320,000  ->  ¥290,000)

Custom PRK     –     ¥30,000 discount (¥320,000  ->  ¥290,000)

ICRS (Intrastromal Corneal Ring Segments)     –     ¥30,000 discount (¥780,000  ->  ¥750,000)

Premium iDesign Monovision LASIK     –     ¥30,000 discount (¥350,000  ->  ¥320,000)

Orthokeratology     –     ¥10,000 discount (¥390,000  ->  ¥380,000)

These were the discounts when I wrote this; they might go up and they might go down.  Then if you throw in other potential discounts such as travel discount (if, like me, you’re going to the clinic from some far-flung spot in Japan) discounts for Facebook, Twitter, blog mentions of the clinic etc, and it makes LASIK that bit more affordable.

How to get some money off:  Pretty straightforward.  When you go to any branch of the Kobe Kanagawa Eye Clinic for your initial test and consultation (which is also free, in contrast to my experiences down in Okinawa) or contact them by email, mention that you saw the article posted up by David Webb and my referral number (612-857).  They should confirm I’m a customer of theirs, and when you get your surgery you’ll get the discount listed above and any others you might be eligible for.  Should say I do get a little back from the referrals, but if I wasn’t I’d still be posting this up here.  If you’re not too hot with your Japanese, the guy to contact at the clinic is Richard Masuda (click here to send him an email).  While most of the staff can speak a little English, Richard is from Canada and will help out with translations when needed.

As always, if you’re considering the procedure and have any questions about a patient’s experience, then please leave a comment below and I’d be happy to give you answers and my own personal thoughts.  And good luck if you go for the surgery.  I fully recommend it; it sounds cliched but my only regret is not having done it sooner.

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