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Vatinee Y. Bunya, MD

Vatinee Y. Bunya, MD Physician

Co-Director, Penn Dry Eye & Ocular Surface Center Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Languages spoken:

  • Spanish
  • Thai

Dr. Bunya is employed by Penn Medicine.

About Dr. Vatinee Y. Bunya

Research interests include dry eye research and Sjogren's syndrome

Patient Satisfaction Ratings

Patient Rating Breakdown

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Clinical Specialties

Specialty:

  • Ophthalmology

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Ophthalmology, 2007

Clinical Expertise:

  • Allergic Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye)
  • Amblyopia (Lazy Eye)
  • Blepharitis
  • BOTOX Therapy
  • Brow Lift
  • Cardiac Electrophysiology Study (EPS)
  • Cataract Implant Surgery
  • Cataracts
  • Computer Vision Syndrome
  • Conjunctivitis (Pinkeye)
  • Contact Lenses
  • Corneal Ulcers
  • Cosmetic Surgery
  • Dry Eyes
  • Eye Cancer
  • Eye Conditions
  • Eye Emergencies
  • Eye Floaters
  • Eye Inflammation
  • Eyeglasses
  • Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)
  • Eyelid Tumors
  • Facial Nerve Disorders
  • Glaucoma
  • Graves' Disease
  • LASIK Eye Surgery
  • Leber Congenital Amaurosis (LCA)
  • Low Vision Aids
  • Macular Degneration
  • Macular Hole
  • Melanoma
  • Microdermabrasion
  • Microsurgery
  • Myasthenia Gravis (MG)
  • Myopia (Nearsightedness)
  • Optic Nerve Disorders
  • Optic Neuritis
  • Orbital Tumors
  • Photodynamic Therapy (PDT)
  • Pigmented Lesions
  • Pupil Disorders
  • Retinal Disorders
  • Sjogren’s Syndrome
  • Strabismus (Crossed Eyes)
  • Strabismus Surgery
  • Temporal Arteritis (Giant Cell Arteritis)
  • Thyroid Eye Disorders
  • Uveitis
  • Vision Loss
  • Vitrectomy
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Practice Locations and Appointments

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • Cigna
  • Cigna HealthSpring
  • Clover Health Plan
  • CVS Health
  • Devon Health Services (Americare)
  • eLAP Services
  • Gateway Health Plan
  • Geisinger Health Plan
  • HealthAmerica / HealthAssurance, a Coventry Plan
  • HealthPartners
  • HealthPartners Medicare
  • HealthSmart
  • Highmark Blue Shield
  • Homestead Smart Health Plans
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Humana / Choicecare
  • Independence Blue Cross (Keystone East)
  • Intergroup
  • Keystone First
  • Keystone First Medicare
  • Multiplan
  • NJ Medicaid
  • NJ Qualcare
  • Oxford Health Plan
  • PA Health and Wellness (Centene) Medicare
  • PA Medicaid
  • PA Medicare
  • Preferred Health Care/LGH
  • Provider Partners Health Plan
  • Rail Road Medicare / Palmetto GBA
  • Remedy Partners at Penn Medicine
  • Superior Vision Benefit Mgmt, Inc (Block Vision)
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
  • US Family Health Plan
  • Veterans Choice Program

Education and Training

Medical School: University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Residency: Scripps Mercy Hospital
Residency: Wills Eye Hospital
Fellowship: Wills Eye Hospital

Memberships

American Academy of Ophthalmology, National Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, International Cornea Society, National Greater Philadelphia Ophthalmic Society (GPOS), Local Tear Film and Ocular Surface Society (TFOS), International

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Bunya is employed by Penn Medicine.

Hospital Privileges:

  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Penn Presbyterian Medical Center: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.

Research

Description of Research Expertise:

Dr. Bunya has extensive experience in the study of dry eye and diseases that affect the ocular surface and eyelids. She also has a special interest in the study of Sjogren's syndrome, an autoimmune disease that classically causes dry eye and dry mouth. Dr. Bunya has been the principal investigator for several dry eye clinical trials. She currently is working to develop better ways to measure dry eye and to screen patients for Sjogren's syndrome.

Key Words
Dry eye, Sjogren's syndrome, meibomian gland dysfunction

Selected Publications:

Brian Shafer, Nicole M. Fuerst, Mina Massaro-Giordano, Vincent Palladino, Taylor Givnish, Ilaria Macchi, Michael E. Sulewski, Stephen E. Orlin, and Vatinee Y. Bunya, MD: The use of self-retained, cryopreserved amniotic membrane for the treatment of Sjögren syndrome: a case series Digital Journal of Ophthalmology : 2019.

Szczotka-Flynn LB, Maguire MG, Ying GS, Lin MC, Bunya VY, Dana R, Asbell PA; for the Dry Eye Assessment and Management (DREAM) Study Research Group.: Impact of Dry Eye on Visual Acuity and Contrast Sensitivity: Dry Eye Assessment and Management Study. Optom Vis Sci : 2019.

Daniel E, Maguire MG, Pistilli M, Bunya VY, Massaro-Giordano GM, Smith E, Kadakia PA, Asbell PA; Dry Eye Assessment and Management (DREAM) Study Research Group.: Grading and baseline characteristics of meibomian glands in meibography images and their clinical associations in the Dry Eye Assessment and Management (DREAM) study. The Ocular Surface : S1542-0124,2019.

Seo S, Byun WYm Alisafaei F, Georgescu A, Yi Y, Massaro-Giordano M, Shenoy VB, Lee V, Bunya VYm, Huh DD.: Multiscale reverse engineering of the human ocular surface Nature Medicine : 2019.

Bunya VY, Fernandez KB, Ying GS, Massaro-Giordano M, Macchi I, Sulewski ME, Hammersmith KM, Nagra PK, Rapuano CJ, Orlin SE.: Survey of Ophthalmologists Regarding Practice Patterns for Dry Eye and Sjogren Syndrome. Eye Contact Lens 44 (2): S196-S201,2018.

Bunya VY, Ying GS, Maguire MG, Kuklinski E, Lin MC, Peskin E, Asbell PA; DREAM Study Research Group.: Prevalence of Novel Candidate Sjogren Syndrome Autoantibodies in the Dry Eye Assessment and Management (DREAM) Study. Cornea 37 (11): 1425-1430,2018.

Macchi I, Bunya VY, Massaro-Giordano M, Stone RA, Maguire MG, Zheng Y, Chen M, Gee J, Smith E, Daniel E: A New Scale for the Assessment of Conjunctival Bulbar Redness. The Ocular Surface 16 (4): 436-440,2018.

Asbell PA, Maguire MG, Peskin E, Bunya VY, Kuklinski EJ; Dry Eye Assessment and Management (DREAM©) Study Research Group: Dry Eye Assessment and Management (DREAM©) Study: Study Design and Baseline Characteristics Contemporary Clinical Trials 71 : 70-79,2018.

Gonzales JA, Chou A, Rose-Nussbaumer JR, Bunya VY, Criswell LA, Shiboski CH, Lietman TM: How Are Ocular Signs and Symptoms of Dry Eye Associated with Depression in Women with and without Sjögren's Syndrome? American Journal of Ophthalmology 191 : 42-48,2018.

O’Neil EC, Huang J, Suhler EB, Dunn JP, Perez VL, Gritz DC, McWilliams K, Peskin E, Ying GS, Bunya V, Maguire MG, Kempen JH.: Iontophoretic Delivery of Dexamethasone Phosphate for Non-infectious, Non-necrotizing Anterior Scleritis, Dose-Finding Clinical Trial. Brit J Ophthalmol, in press. British Journal of Ophthalmology 102 (8): 1011-1013,2018.

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Academic Contact Info

Scheie Eye Institute
51 North 39th Street

Philadelphia, PA 19104
Patient appointments: 800-789-7366 (PENN)

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