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Vatinee Y. Bunya, MD, MSCE

Vatinee Y. Bunya, MD, MSCE 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


  • Ophthalmology

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Ophthalmology, 2007

Clinical Expertise:

  • Absence of Eye
  • Accommodating Lens Implant
  • Accommodation
  • Acute Orbital Inflammation
  • Agenesis of Eye
  • Allergic Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye)
  • Alternating Hyperphoria
  • Amblyopia (Lazy Eye)
  • Aniseikonia
  • Anisocoria
  • Anisometropia
  • Anterior Segment Diseases
  • Anterior Segment Surgery
  • Anterior Uveitis in Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis
  • Aphakia
  • Aphakic Bullous Keratopathy
  • Arterial Biopsy
  • Astigmatism
  • Astigmatism Lenses
  • Bacterial Conjunctivitis
  • Blepharitis
  • Blepharoptosis
  • Blepharorrhaphy
  • Blepharospasm
  • Blind in One Eye
  • Blocked Tear Duct
  • Blood Clot in Eye
  • Blood in Eye
  • Blurred Vision
  • BOTOX Therapy
  • Brow Droop
  • Brow Lift
  • Buphthalmos
  • Canthoplasty
  • Cardiac Electrophysiology Study (EPS)
  • Cataract Implant Surgery
  • Cataract Removal
  • Cataract Screening
  • Cataracts
  • Central Retinal Artery Occlusion
  • Central Serous Chorioretinopathy
  • Choroidal Neovascularization
  • Ciliary Body Degeneration
  • CNS Lymphoma
  • Coats Syndrome
  • Color Blindness
  • Complications of Lasik
  • Computer Vision Syndrome
  • Congenital Anomaly of Eyelid
  • Congenital Cataract
  • Congenital Ptosis
  • Conjunctival Burn
  • Conjunctivitis (Pinkeye)
  • Contact Lens Infections
  • Contact Lenses
  • Contact Lens-Induced Corneal Edema
  • Contact Lens-Related Problems
  • Cornea Injury
  • Corneal Abrasion
  • Corneal and Conjunctival Tumors
  • Corneal Cross-Linking
  • Corneal Diseases
  • Corneal Foreign Body
  • Corneal Transplant
  • Corneal Ulcers
  • Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery
  • Cosmetic Surgery
  • Cyst of Eyelid
  • Cytomegaloviral Retinitis
  • Dacryocystectomy
  • Dacryocystorhinostomy
  • Diabetic Eye Disease
  • Diabetic Eye Exam
  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Diode Laser Cyclophotocoagulation
  • Diplopia
  • Disorders of the Vitreous
  • Dry Eyes
  • Ectopia Lentis
  • Ectropion
  • Electroretinogram
  • Endoscopic Dacryocystorhinostomy
  • Entropion
  • Epiretinal Membrane
  • Esotropia
  • Examination of Eyes
  • Excess Skin of Eyelid
  • Excessive Tearing
  • Exotropia
  • Eye Cancer
  • Eye Complications of Wegener'S
  • Eye Conditions
  • Eye Emergencies
  • Eye Floaters
  • Eye Health
  • Eye Inflammation
  • Eye Pain
  • Eye Strain
  • Eyeglasses
  • Eyelid Lesions
  • Eyelid Repair
  • Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)
  • Eyelid Trauma
  • Eyelid Tumors
  • Facial Nerve Disorders
  • Failed Vision Screening Exams
  • Family History of Glaucoma
  • Farsightedness
  • Fuchs' Dystrophy
  • General Eye Care
  • Glaucoma
  • Glaucoma Procedures
  • Glaucoma Screening
  • Graves' Disease
  • Growth On Eye
  • Hereditary Retinal Diseases
  • Herpes Simplex Eye Infections
  • Herpes Simplex With Ophthalmic Complication
  • Herpes Zoster Eye Infections
  • Hypertelorism
  • Idiopathic Orbital Inflammatory Disease
  • Infectious Retinitis
  • Intermediate Uveitis
  • Intraocular Lens Implant
  • Intraocular Lymphoma
  • Intraocular Tumors
  • Iridoplasty
  • Iritis
  • Keratitis
  • Keratoconus
  • Keratoprosthesis
  • Keratotomy
  • Laceration of Eye
  • Lacrimal System Trauma
  • Laser Vision Correction
  • LASIK Eye Surgery
  • Learning Related Vision Problems
  • Leber Congenital Amaurosis (LCA)
  • Legal Blindness
  • Lipiflow
  • Lipiview
  • Low Vision Aids
  • Lupus Eye Conditions
  • Macular Degeneration Screening
  • Macular Degneration
  • Macular Edema
  • Macular Hole
  • Meibomian Cyst
  • Melanoma
  • Melanoma of Eye
  • Microdermabrasion
  • Microphthalmos
  • Microsurgery
  • Minimally Invasive Glaucoma Surgery
  • Multifocal Lens Implant
  • Myasthenia Gravis (MG)
  • Myopia (Nearsightedness)
  • Nasolacrimal Duct Obstruction
  • Night Blindness
  • No Stitch Cataract Surgery
  • Nystagmus
  • Ocular Allergies
  • Ocular Hypertension
  • Ocular Inflammatory Diseases
  • Ocular Oncology
  • Ocular Surface Diseases
  • Oculoplastic Surgery
  • Optic Nerve Decompression
  • Optic Nerve Disorders
  • Optic Nerve Hypoplasia
  • Optic Neuritis
  • Optic Neuropathy
  • Optic Pathway Glioma
  • Optical Coherence Tomography
  • Orbit Cancer
  • Orbital Cellulitis
  • Orbital Fractures
  • Orbital Inflammatory Syndromes
  • Orbital Lacrimal Surgery
  • Orbital Tumors
  • Papilledema
  • Pars Planitis
  • Photodynamic Therapy (PDT)
  • Photorefractive Keratectomy
  • Pigmented Lesions
  • Presbyopia
  • Proptosis
  • Prosthetic Eye
  • Pseudoexfoliation Glaucoma
  • Pseudophakia
  • Pseudotumor Cerebri
  • Pterygium
  • Punctal Malposition
  • Punctal Plugs for Dry Eyes
  • Punctal Stenosis
  • Pupil Disorders
  • Red Eye
  • Refraction for Eyeglasses
  • Refractive Amblyopia
  • Refractive Errors
  • Refractive Lens Exchange
  • Repair of Entropion or Ectropion
  • Replacement of Contact Lens
  • Retina and Vitreous Surgery
  • Retinal and Choroidal Tumors
  • Retinal Degeneration
  • Retinal Detachment
  • Retinal Disorders
  • Retinal Edema
  • Retinal Laser Surgery
  • Retinal Neovascularization
  • Retinal Tear
  • Retinal Telangiectasia
  • Retinal Vascular Diseases
  • Retinal Vein Occlusion
  • Retinitis
  • Retinitis Pigmentosa
  • Retinoblastoma
  • Ruptured Vessel of Eye
  • Scleritis
  • Sensitivity to Light
  • Sickle Cell Retinopathy
  • Sjogren’s Syndrome
  • Soft and Hard Contact Lens Exams
  • Stargardt Macular Degeneration
  • Stevens-Johnson Syndrome
  • Strabismus (Crossed Eyes)
  • Strabismus Surgery
  • Stye
  • Sudden Vision Loss
  • Temporal Arteritis (Giant Cell Arteritis)
  • Thyroid Eye Disorders
  • Unexplained Tearing
  • Unexplained Vision Loss
  • Uveitis
  • Uveitis-Rheumatoid Arthritis Syndrome
  • Viral Conjunctivitis
  • Viral Retinitis
  • Vision Loss
  • Vision Testing and Screening in Young Children
  • Vision Therapy
  • Visual Changes
  • Visual Discomfort
  • Visual Disturbance
  • Visual Electrophysiology
  • Visual Field Defects
  • Visual Impairment
  • Vitrectomy
  • Vitreoretinal Disorders
  • Xerophthalmia
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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
  • Oscar Health Plan of PA
  • 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


American Academy of Ophthalmology, National Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, International Cornea Society, National Greater Philadelphia Ophthalmic Society (GPOS), Local International Ocular Surface Society (IOSS), International Sjogren's Syndrome Foundation, 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.


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, Massaro-Giordano M, Vivino FB, Maguire MG, Baer AN, Gonzales JA, Ying GS: Prevalence of Novel Candidate Sjögren Syndrome Autoantibodies in the Penn Sjögren's International Collaborative Clinical Alliance Cohort. Cornea : 2019.

Seo S, Byun WY, Alisafaei F, Georgescu A, Yi Y, Massaro-Giordano M, Shenoy VB, Lee V, Bunya VY, Huh DD: Multiscale reverse engineering of the human ocular surface Nature Medicine 25 (8): 1310-1318,2019.

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 Optometry and Vision Science 96 (6): 387-396,2019.

Shafer B, Fuerst NM, Massaro-Giordano M, Palladino V, Givnish T, Macchi I, Sulewski ME, Orlin SE, Bunya VY: The use of self-retained, cryopreserved amniotic membrane for the treatment of Sjögren syndrome: a case series Digital Journal of Ophthalmology : 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.

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.

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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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