DOG Publications

Commemorative publication “Visus and Vision – 150 Years of DOG”

In 2007, the DOG German Ophthalmological Society looks back on 150 years of history. To mark this occasion, a commemorative publication was published for the 105th DOG Congress in 2007. You are welcome to order this commemorative publication by e-mail.
You can download a PDF version in German language here (5 MB).
The name and subject index, which Prof. Martin Reim kindly compiled in 2013 as a supplement, has been added to the pdf version.

Annual Reports

The annual reports of the DOG contain a large number of inspiring reports and summaries. Particularly worth reading are the reports from the DOG committees, especially from the sections, working groups and committees, which form the professional and scientific backbone of our professional society. Of course, it is also worth taking a look at the reports on the DOG prize winners, the congress reviews, reports on the Eye Foundation, to name just a few examples.

The annual reports are available for download in German language as PDF files here.

Cutting-edge research in ophthalmology

The volumes “Cutting-edge research in ophthalmology” provide an insight into the scientific focal points of university ophthalmology in Germany. They span a colourful rainbow over topics that seem to be most important and currently most attractive for the respective location. Almost all ophthalmological chairs in Germany participated in the publications, its contents ranging from pathophysiology and specific diagnostic procedures to innovative medicinal and sophisticated microsurgical therapy procedures. The volumes were published in German language in 2013, 2017 and 2019.

Research Map of German Ophthalmology

No progress without research – no improvement in patient care without progress: Research has been an important concern for the DOG since its foundation in 1857. Today, the world’s oldest medical-scientific society for ophthalmology supports scientific projects and studies, organises congresses and publishes scientific journals. The DOG is also committed to supporting young scientists, for example by awarding scholarships for young researchers.

The need for research in ophthalmology has always been and will always remain high. Many eye diseases can already be treated very well today thanks to intensive and continuous research. Nevertheless, many research questions are still open. Against the background of constantly rising patient numbers, the pressure to act is also growing. Already today, about 18 million people in Germany suffer from glaucoma or cataract, diabetic retinopathy or age-related macular degeneration. By 2030, this number will increase by 50 percent. Digitisation offers a new opportunity, not least for patient-oriented research: on the one hand, it makes it possible to show correlations through pattern recognition that were previously unknown, but ultimately help to improve care. On the other hand, the use of digital applications must also be scientifically accompanied in order to be able to evaluate their benefit in terms of evidence-based medicine.

This map of research, now in its third updated edition, aims to make the performance of scientific ophthalmology transparent. It is also intended to promote cooperation between basic science and the clinic, but also non-university institutions and research-based companies, and to better network various research activities and actors. In addition, the updated research map should help to strengthen the visibility of ophthalmology in the entire subject canon and to communicate the importance of the subject.

Research Map of German Ophthalmology 2019 PDF (in German language)
Research Map of German Ophthalmology 2016 PDF (in German language)
Research Map of German Ophthalmology 2014 PDF (in German language)

DOG-Roadmap 2020

[PDF] (in German language – 700 KB)
The Roadmap 2020 defines goals and a strategic plan of the DOG for the next five years. It serves to prioritise the tasks and activities of the medical-scientific professional society. In view of many urgent problems and challenges in ophthalmology as well as in the entire health care system, the competence and authority of the scientific professional society is even more in demand today in order to develop sustainable, science-based solution concepts. The DOG has been systematically addressing future issues for many years. The goals set in the Roadmap from 2008 have been successfully implemented to a large extent. With the Roadmap 2020, the DOG again aims to actively participate in shaping the future of ophthalmology. At the same time, the Roadmap is intended to help the professional society to tackle the immediate challenges of the coming years in a targeted manner and to master them in the interest of the medical profession and patients.

White Paper on the Situation of Ophthalmic Care in Germany

September 2012[PDF in German language]
This white paper on the situation of ophthalmological care in Germany takes stock of current ophthalmological care and uses care data and population statistics to show the growing need for care in the future. A current survey among the members of the German Society of Ophthalmology (DOG) and the Professional Association of German Ophthalmologists (BVA) provides an assessment of the current situation of ophthalmological care in Germany conveys the assessment of ophthalmologists in Germany on the current supply situation and results in a sceptical prognosis of the ophthalmic profession about the future supply situation. More than other medical specialities, ophthalmology is affected by the demographic changes in our society as well as by structural changes in outpatient and inpatient care. Ensuring comprehensive, up-to-date and high-quality care in the future will not be possible if the necessary resources are not increased at an early stage in response to the growing demand for care.
This White Paper is addressed to all those involved in ophthalmological care. In addition to ophthalmologists, it addresses those who are responsible for the planning and design of the health care system.
White Paper on the Situation of Ophthalmological Research in Germany

Correspondence between Albrecht von Graefe and Frans Cornelius Donders

In 2013, the friendly correspondence between Albrecht von Graefe and Frans Cornelius Donders was newly transcribed, edited and annotated. The colour volume “Albrecht von Graefe to Frans Cornelis Donders. Briefe 1852 bis 1870” not only deals with scientific questions, but also sheds a very personal-human light on the founder of modern ophthalmology, Albrecht von Graefe. Family matters and worries, travels and alpine sports, congresses and operations of high-ranking personalities take up a lot of space. The letters are an example of 19th century German social history.

The editors and authors of the book are the historian Professor Thomas Schilp, Director of the Archive of the City of Dortmund, and the ophthalmic historian Professor Jens Martin Rohrbach, Head of the Research Department History of Ophthalmology at the University in Tübingen. The German Ophthalmological Society had decided on the new edition after the 1935 edition no longer seemed up to date due to abridgements and mistranscriptions. The book is available in bookshops.

Read more here.