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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

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Clinical Specialties

Specialty:

  • Ophthalmology

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Ophthalmology, 2007

Clinical Expertise:

  • Anterior Segment Surgery
  • Artificial Cornea (Boston Keratoprosthesis)
  • Blepharitis
  • Conjunctivitis (Pinkeye)
  • Cornea and External Eye Disorders
  • Corneal Disorders
  • Corneal Transplant (Keratoplasty)
  • Corneal Ulcers
  • Dry Eyes
  • Eye Corneal Injuries
  • Eye Inflammation
  • Eye Microsurgery
  • Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV)
  • Routine Eye Exam

Description of Clinical Expertise

Dr. Bunya is the Co-Director of the Penn Dry Eye & Ocular Surface Center. She cares for patients with dry eye, Sjogren's syndrome, and other disorders that affect the ocular surface.

Practice Locations and Appointments

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • Cigna
  • Cigna HealthSpring
  • Clover Health Plan
  • Devon Health Services (Americare)
  • Gateway Health Plan
  • Geisinger Health Plan
  • HealthAmerica / HealthAssurance, a Coventry Plan
  • HealthPartners
  • HealthPartners Medicare
  • HealthSmart
  • Highmark Blue Shield
  • 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
  • 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
  • Vetrans Choice Program (6/2018 Not Active)

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:

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 epub ahead of print : 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 : 2018.

Asbell PA, et al.: The Dry Eye Assessment and Management (DREAM©) Study: Study Design and Baseline Characteristics Contemporary Clinical Trials : 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 : 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 : 2018.

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 Epub ahead of print : 2018.

Bunya VY, Chen M, Zheng Y, Massaro-Giordano M, Gee J, Daniel E, O'Sullivan R, Smith E, Stone RA, Maguire MG: Development and Evaluation of Semiautomated Quantification of Lissamine Green Staining of the Bulbar Conjunctiva From Digital Image JAMA Ophthalmology 135 (10): 1078-1085,2017.

Stapleton F1, Alves M2, Bunya VY3, Jalbert I4, Lekhanont K5, Malet F6, Na KS7, Schaumberg D8, Uchino M9, Vehof J10, Viso E11, Vitale S12, Jones L13.: TFOS DEWS II Epidemiology Report Ocular Surface 15 (3): 334-365,2017.

Derham AM1, Chen E, Bunya VY, OʼMalley RE.: Bilateral Herpetic Keratitis After Bilateral Intravitreal Bevacizumab for Exudative Macular Degeneration Cornea 36 (7): 878-879,2017.

Bunya VY1, Iwabe S2, Macchi I3, Massaro-Giordano M1, Pistilli M1, Aguirre GD2.: Tolerability of Topical Tocilizumab Eyedrops in Dogs: A Pilot Study Journal Ocular Pharmacology and Therapeutics : epub ahead of print,2017.

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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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