Marge Axelrad

Marge Axelrad, Sr. VP/Editorial Director

Marge oversees the overall editorial direction of Vision Monday and its print publication, VMAIL, e-newsletters, VisionMonday.com and special events including the VM Global Leadership Summit. She is also in charge of general corporate and company news, industry developments and business trends, financial news. Marge specializes in frame sunwear companies, practice management programs, spectacle lens and contact lens companies, managed care, wholesale laboratories, and research. She is also the editor of CLICK, a twice-a-month e-newsletter. Contact Marge at maxelrad@jobson.com.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

By Marge Axelrad
Monday, December 11, 2023 12:00 AM NEW YORK—The embrace of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DE&I) this year has continued to expand among many businesses, large and small, public and private. In healthcare, too, and vision care in particular, DE&I has continued its evolution.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Needs a Consistent Commitment

By Marge Axelrad
Sunday, November 26, 2023 2:00 AM DE&I isn’t ever ‘over.’ It’s a consistent, constant effort to recognize, learn, dialog, partner and devise ways to address issues that impact employees, colleagues, patients and customers on behalf of your business, office, organization. The immense challenge of DE&I is that those who are committed to it find that they consistently need to push it to the front of the priorities facing company leaders, managers and teams. Keeping DE&I top of mind and a top priority is critical.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

By Marge Axelrad
Sunday, November 26, 2023 1:00 AM NEW YORK—The embrace of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DE&I) this year has continued to expand among many businesses, large and small, public and private. In healthcare, too, and vision care in particular, DE&I has continued its evolution.

Transforming Access and Opportunities to Serve Low Vision Patients

By Marge Axelrad
Monday, October 30, 2023 2:00 AM Modern technologies, combined with new societal attitudes towards inclusion and access to care, are helping to advance the scope of products and services for those who are vision-impaired.

‘Resilience’ Is the Word of the Year

By Marge Axelrad
Sunday, September 3, 2023 2:00 AM It’s September and, for many folks, it’s when the year ‘begins’ again. Summer breaks are over, people get back to school, back to business, back to forecasting for the year-end and the next years ahead.

Recognizing the Achievements Of Women Leaders in Optical

By Marge Axelrad
Sunday, July 23, 2023 2:02 AM Twenty-one years. More than 750 women. From thousands of submissions received by its readers in that span of time, Vision Monday’s editors have been making very tough choices to identify and share the stories of just some of the women across the eyewear and eyecare field making a difference, creating impact, changing the game and influencing others in the work that they do.

Recognizing the Achievements Of Women Leaders in Optical

By Marge Axelrad
Sunday, July 23, 2023 2:00 AM Twenty-one years. More than 750 women. From thousands of submissions received by its readers in that span of time, Vision Monday’s editors have been making very tough choices to identify and share the stories of just some of the women across the eyewear and eyecare field making a difference, creating impact, changing the game and influencing others in the work that they do.

Expansion, Some Retraction, Consolidation and Newcomers

By Marge Axelrad
Sunday, June 18, 2023 2:00 AM I think it needs to be said that business by the end of 2022, for pretty much everyone, was challenging. It was not one of those years where people sailed through the second half easily, calculating just how well they’d meet or exceed rosy projections.

At 40, Marchon Turns a Global Eye Toward Modern Systems, Sustainability and Brands

By Marge Axelrad
Sunday, May 14, 2023 2:30 AM NEW YORK—Marchon Eyewear is viewing its 40th anniversary as an occasion to look ahead. As Thomas Burkhardt, president, describes it, the milestone is a chance to capture the spirit and vision of its original founders—which was to be an American-based frame company redefining the notions of sales and service in the optical industry when the company debuted in 1983—to one that is now a global leader, employing modern digital systems, new approaches to multiple brands of eyewear and sunwear, product technology and international relationships with leading manufacturers and designers to provide 21st century notions of service to ECPs and retail partners around the world.

Private Equity and Practice Transitions in 2023

By Marge Axelrad and Daniel Breeman
Thursday, April 27, 2023 1:00 AM NEW YORK—2023’s vision care space will see a more measured pace of new deals and practice acquisitions. At the same time, in many cases, internal investments in infrastructure, systems and support will accelerate for both private equity-based groups and practice transition facilitators in the U.S. optical market this year.

Groups Pursue Investment Strategies for Long-Term Practice Growth

By Marge Axelrad and Daniel Breeman
Sunday, April 23, 2023 12:59 AM AEG Vision finished calendar year 2022 with 350 practices, and “we are on track to eclipse 400 practices this year,” noted CEO Eric Anderson. “We have grown consistently over the past three years and expect to continue to do so in 2023 and the foreseeable future. We are confident in our approach and have not experienced any material challenges in how we operate.”

Navigating Complex Practice Transition Decisions

By Marge Axelrad and Daniel Breeman
Sunday, April 23, 2023 12:58 AM Innumerable objective and subjective factors can influence a practitioner or an independent optical owner’s decision to pursue acquisition possibilities, or determine if other types of practice transition and practice exits are better for themselves, their associates, staff and practice. These are two groups which offer advice and options.

EyeXam Optometry Brings State-of-the Art Eyecare, Aesthetic Care and Luxury Eyewear to Southern California’s Upscale Newport Beach

By Marge Axelrad
Thursday, February 23, 2023 8:30 AM NEWPORT BEACH, Calif.—A leading optometric innovator has brought several elevated eyecare and patient experience concepts to her newest location in Southern California. Nikki Iravani, OD, the founder and CEO of eyeXam Optometry in Silicon Valley’s Santa Clara, Calif. opened a bright, bold second luxury practice in the Crystal Cove Shopping Center in upscale Newport Beach in Orange County last fall.

Shining a Spotlight on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

By Gwendolyn Plummer and Marge Axelrad
Friday, November 4, 2022 11:30 AM NEW YORK—Long term societal issues, like those of diversity, equity & inclusion, have been fighting the hard fight for many years. With the escalation of the disruption unleashed by the global pandemic, the brighter spotlight on the topic from media, and a groundswell among individuals and organizations that more vocal and active commitment was needed, DE&I initiatives continue to expand. Voices from within health care, business, family, politics and culture are starting to join with those in structured organizations along with more assertive storytelling from groups victimized or impacted by the lack of inclusion in hiring, in receiving or accessing fair and equitable business or health care services and more. Individuals, groups and organizations across the optical industry and vision care profession, are stepping up to support these as part of an expanding commitment.