Blindness Education, Screening, and Treatment (BEST) Program Treatment Services assists adult Texas residents with inadequate health insurance benefits with payment for urgently needed eye-medical treatment. Qualified individuals may include those with:
- diabetic retinopathy,
- or any other eye disease determined to be an urgent medical necessity.
The BEST Program is funded with voluntary donations when Texans renew their driver's licenses or Department of Public Safety-issued identification cards. Demand for this program typically exceeds available funding. During periods when funding is unavailable, HHSC will establish and maintain a waiting list. When new funds become available, eligible applicants on the waiting list will be served in order by the referral date.
Individuals applying for BEST treatment services must apply through their physician or optometrist. We welcome and encourage your participation in this important program to protect the eyes of Texas. If you have any questions about the BEST Program, please call the Office of the Ombudsman at 1-877-787-8999, select a language, and the select Option 3. You can also submit your request online.
People who are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired can call any HHSC office by using the toll-free Relay Texas service at 7-1-1 or 1-800-735-2989.
Download a BEST Application for Treatment (PDF).