KIRKWOOD, MO (KTVI)-- Several mayors across the country took time Thursday to raise awareness about the importance of getting your eyes checked regularly.
Kirkwood Mayor Art McDonnell joined at least seven other mayors nationwide in getting an eye exam.
The effort is part of World Sight Day.
Experts say everyone should get their eyes checked annually after the age of five.
"It`s so simple to get your eyes tested and to get glasses- either contacts or frames like I have- and then your world is I think opened up," said McDonnell.
Dr. Janet Collier, an optometrist with Clarkson Eyecare, added, "We can often catch early signs of diabetes, high blood pressure, sometimes thyroid disease in an eye exam and then there`s a silent eye disease called glaucoma which if you are not getting your eyes checked regularly, you could have it for years and not even know you have it."
After the exams, the mayors tweeted about their experiences.
McDonnell got his exam done at Clarkson Eyecare in Kirkwood.
A recent Bausch and Lomb survey found that people would rather lose several other critical things rather than their vision.
You can find more about that survey at www.bausch.com.