Dr. Alexander Rokohl, clinician scientist at the Department of Ophthalmology at the University Hospital in Cologne, has been awarded the DOG Science Prize “Dry Eye and Blepharitis/MGD” at the annual meeting of the German Ophthalmological Society.
The prize goes in equal parts to Priv.-Doz. Dr. Martin Schicht of the University of Erlangen. Dr. Rokohl was awarded the 1,500 euro prize for his excellent work on Dry Anophthalmic Socket Syndrome (DASS), whose diagnostic criteria he described and defined as the first person in the world.
He was also able to demonstrate that morphological changes in the meibomian glands play a crucial role in the pathophysiology of DASS. These findings are crucial for the management of complications after enucleation or evisceration of an eye and may contribute to the optimization of ocular prosthetic rehabilitation in the long term. The development of an evidence-based stepwise therapy for Dry Anophthalmic Socket Syndrome may contribute to the improvement of the quality of life of affected patients.