Eye swab

Microbiology

Notes

 

Sample requirements

Standard charcoal transport swab

Evert lid and swab conjunctiva, removing any pus

Place swab into transport medium

Charcoal transport swab

Required information

  • Conjunctivitis or other localised eye infection
  • Presence of foreign body
  • Recent surgery
  • Canaliculitis
  • Recent, current and intended antibiotics

Storage/transport

Store and transport at room temperature. Samples should be transported to the laboratory with minimal delay.

Turnaround time

2 - 4 days


Page last reviewed: 10/01/2014