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Corneal Scrape & Contact Lens Culture



Culture of Corneal Scrape Plates / Contact Lenses for the isolation and identification of Bacterial & Fungal Pathogens.

Antimicrobial sensitivity testing is performed as appropriate.


To determine the presence of Bacterial and/or Fungal pathogens which may be causing an infection.


Corneal Scrape

Contact Lenses

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Specimen Container

Corneal Scrape Kit – 4x agar plates (Chocolate Agar, Blood Agar, FAA & SABC) & a glass microscope slide (inside plastic slide carrier)

Sterile container, e.g. white top universal pot (see picture)

Contact Len Case


To Request On EPIC

For electronic requesting using EPIC (RDUH ONLY):

For Corneal Scrapes:

Search for: ‘Corneal scrape‘ or test code ‘LAB9237‘ the test name is ‘Corneal scrape MC&S

  • You will be asked on the request ‘Is testing for Acanthamoeba also required?’ – answer yes if it is and follow the instructions.

For Contact Lenses:

Search for: ‘Medical device‘ or test code ‘LAB240‘ the test name is ‘Medical Device MC&S

  • Select Contact lens as the sample type
  • If Acanthamoeba testing is required please state in clinical details

Special Instructions

Please provide relevant clinical details with the request: this helps the lab process the sample correctly and provide the best result for the patient.

For Hospital use – a stock of corneal scrape kits are kept in the top of the specimen fridge in Pathology reception in the Old Path Lab building.

Corneal scrapes – if requesting Acanthamoeba PCR & Culture, please send scalpel blade with saline in a sterile universal container.


Tested in house at RD&E

Turnaround Time

48 – 72 Hours (7 days for extended fungal culture)

Specimen Labelling Procedure
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