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Contact lens (Bacteriology)

General information

Collection container (including preservatives): Contact lens case or Sterile container with saline

Specimen type: Contacts lens

Specimen transport: If processing is delayed, refrigeration is preferable to storage at ambient temperature. Delays of over 48hr are undesirable.

Minimum volume of sample: Not applicable

Laboratory information

Turnaround time: 24 - 72 hrs  for culture

Acanthameoba investigations - 7 days

Fungal culture - 5 days

Clinical information

Factors known to significantly affect the results: The sample should be sent to the laboratory without delay


(Last reviewed October 24th 2017)