Dr. Vargason is board certified in ophthalmology by the American Board of Ophthalmology. Her surgical skills and training allow her to treat a wide variety of patients, from complex reconstruction cases to older patients to those seeking minor aesthetic improvement. She established Nava Face & Eye with the intention of helping deliver patient-focused oculoplastic care to the Idaho community. 

An Artistic Eye to Enhance Yours

Dr. Vargason, MD, Ph.D., is a recognized eye specialist. She is one of only 650 American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery surgeons in the United States and one of 750 in the world. 

To date, she has performed over 5,000 eyelids surgeries and continues to expand her skills. She has a natural surgical ability and artistic eye that was strengthened through her desire to learn and attention to detail. 

Dr. Vargason’s Education 

Dr. Vargason attended College at the University of Chicago for her undergraduate degree before heading to UCLA for her medical and doctorate degrees. She completed an Internship in Internal Medicine at UC Irvine Medical Center and then went on to complete a residency in ophthalmology at The Vanderbilt Eye Institute.

It was during this time that she discovered oculofacial plastic surgery and became passionate about the field. She was handpicked for a prestigious two-year ASOPRS fellowship at the Cincinnati Eye Institute and then gained significant experience while working at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. 

Her training has allowed her to see a wide variety of patients. This includes patients of all ages, backgrounds, and even the most complex reconstruction cases. 

A Proud Idaho Transplant

In 2018 Dr. Vargason moved with her family to Boise, Idaho. Since moving to the area, she has been passionate about delivering patient-focused oculoplastic surgery care to her new community. She decided to open her own practice in order to better serve her community, and in 2020, her practice, Nava Face & Eye, was born.

At Nava Face & Eye, Dr. Vargason focuses on treating the eyelids, tear drainage system, and eye sockets. She also provides a range of cosmetic procedures to enhance the eyes and face.

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Outside of the Operating Room

When not helping patients, you can find Dr. Vargason spending time with her husband, daughter, and pet Goldendoodle. She enjoys hiking, cooking, traveling, and enjoying all of the natural beauty Idaho has to offer. 

More About Dr. Vargason

Internship and Residency

  • Internship in Internal Medicine
    University of California, Irvine
    Orange, California
  • Residency in Ophthalmology
    Vanderbilt Eye Institute    
    Nashville, Tennessee

Fellowship

  • American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ASOPRS) Fellowship
  • Cincinnati Eye Institute Cincinnati, Ohio

Board-Certification

  • American Board of Ophthalmology, Diplomat
  • American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and 
    Reconstructive Surgery, Candidate Member

Awards

  • Joseph M. and Eula C. Lawrence ARVO Travel Grant Retina Research Foundation
  • Viola G. Hyde Scholarship for  Women Pursuing a Surgical Field UCLA Department of Surgery
  • Pre-Doctoral Research Award for Best First Author Manuscript, Jules Stein Eye Institute
  • Resident Research Day Best Paper Award, Vanderbilt Eye Institute

Past Memberships

  • Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society, Student Member    2001-2003
  • Los Angeles County Medical Association, Member    2003-2012
  • American Medical Student Association, Member    2003-2012
  • American Medical Women’s Association, Member    2003-2012
  • Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, Candidate Member   2007-2012
  • Orange County Medical Association, Member    2012-2013    
  • Tennessee Academy of Ophthalmology, Member    2013-2016

Current Memberships

  • American Academy of Ophthalmology, Member    2012-pres.
  • Women in Ophthalmology, Member    2014-pres.
  • American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Member in Training   2015-pres.
  • Association of Women Surgeons, Member    2017-pres.
  • Idaho Medical Association, Member    2018-pres.
  • Idaho Society of Ophthalmology, Member    2018-pres.
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