Martin Edwards, who was the first country manager for Vistakon (now Johnson & Johnson Vision), has died aged 85.  

He joined the company in 1986 after working as national sales manager for Hydron, and spent two years forming a sales team to launch Acuvue in the UK in 1988. Edwards was accredited with introducing a standing order payment model for contact lenses and also launched Acuvue 1-Day in the UK before retiring in 1997.  

Shirley Bovonsombat, who worked as product manager with Edwards on the Acuvue launch, said: ‘Martin’s belief in the concept of disposability brought a wave of change to the UK market that has never been seen again. Everyone who worked for him was caught up in his enthusiasm. His warmth and his generosity has left its mark on so many in the contact lens industry.’ 

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