Last Updated: Friday, November 08, 2019

Blindness Education, Screening & Treatment (BEST)

Health & Human Services (HHS)
4900 N. Lamar Blvd.
PO Box 13247
Austin, TX 78751

TEL: 512-424-6500

Program Website

Benefits Summary

Prevent blindness by providing financial assistance for treatment and screenings for urgently needed eye-medical treatment.


Assists individuals with: diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, detached retina, or any other eye disease determined to be an urgent medical necessity by both applicant's doctor and DBS.

Eligibility Guidelines

At least age 18, not legally blind, uninsured resident of Texas who: does not have resources to pay for the prescribed treatment to prevent blindness; and has been certified as having a medically urgent eye condition that poses an imminent risk of permanent/significant visual loss if not treated.

How to apply

Apply by getting a recommendation from your ophthalmologist. See program web site for details.