Contact lens and /or wash fluids / scalpel blades from corneal scrapes / needles & biopsies.
Sterile container, e.g. white top universal pot (as above)
Dry samples (i.e. samples other than contact lens fluid) should be covered in approximately 200ul of sterile saline.
The diagnosis of Acanthamoeba keratitis is made on the basis of the clinical picture and the detection of Acanthamoeba DNA from corneal scrapes or contact lens.
Sent to reference laboratory – Diagnostic Parasitology Laboratory, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Up to 7 working days once received at the reference laboratory.
Please contact the microbiology laboratory.