Aqueous and vitreous fluid




  • Needles MUST be removed from syringes before transport
  • Syringes must be capped and labelled with patient details
  • These are urgent samples - contact the laboratory to ensure sample are processed immediately on receipt
  • Fungal culture is performed on request

Sample requirements

Capped and labelled syringe Capped 1 mL syringe

Required information

  • Endophthalmitis
  • Recent surgery
  • Presence of foreign bodies
  • Recent, current and intended antibiotics


Transport to laboratory immediately. Ensure minimal delay.

Turnaround time

Microscopy on day of receipt

Culture 5 - 7 days

Page last reviewed: 13/01/2014