I just received an e-mail in my inbox for a 59% discount for LASIK surgery. Originally costs $5,900, but is now at the rock bottom price of $2,399 for both eyes! I’ve been meaning to get LASIK, but wanted to wait and see the long-term side effects of the procedure. It seems to be a relatively safe operation with no long-term consequences, which makes me wonder if using a Groupon for surgery makes sense.
If you’ve ever seen the American sit-com The King of Queens, the main character, Doug, uses a coupon to buy LASIK for his wife. She eventually experienced complications to the surgery then questioned her husband about the doctor. She comes to find out that he used a ‘buy one eye, get the second eye free’ coupon and was angry that he used a coupon for surgery. She ended up having to have the surgery done again to correct her vision.
LASIK is a lucrative and highly competitive procedure so many ophthalmologists are trying to cash into the demand for the procedure. It has been around for almost 2 decades and the procedure is pretty standard which makes me wonder about the differences between physicians.
Businesses typically offer coupons because they can’t sell the products at retail price. When was the last time you’ve seen a coupon for an Apple product? However, if the physician on the Groupon has an excellent rating, shouldn’t s/he be worth exploring? It’s not all about cost, but cost is certainly a consideration.
Would you use a coupon/Groupon for LASIK?