Treatment Program for the Eyes of Texas

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,
  • glaucoma,
  • detached retina,
  • 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, DARS will establish and maintain a waiting list. When new funds become available, approved 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 1-800-628-5115 or e-mail your questions to

BEST Program Sponsored Vision Screenings

There is a calendar of dates for upcoming vision screenings sponsored by the DARS BEST Program. For more information about scheduled vision screenings, please contact the Prevent Blindness Texas office in your area or call Prevent Blindness Texas at 713-526-2559, extension 106.