Contact Lens Culture

Sunquest Code:EYESP  
Epic Code:LAB3457Epic Name:Eye Corneal Cuture
Order Instructions:When ordering both a culture and a gram stain in Epic, use Epic Code 03046000096 for inpatient and 04046000096 for an Ambulatory patient.
Synonyms:Corneal Ulcer Culture; Eye Corneal Culture
Test Includes:Culture for aerobic flora plus Haemophilus species. Includes AEROBIC CULTURE ONLY. If desired, order additional tests separately: Anaerobic Culture, Yeast Culture, Gram Stain.
Turnaround Time:Performed 24 hours/day; preliminary results are reported within 24 hours and physician is contacted if positive. Results are reported within 8 days if negative.

Collection Instructions

Specimen:Soft or hard contact lens, contact lense case, or contact solution.
Container:Plastic leakproof container, sterile
Collection Instructions:
Contact lens Send in sterile container or contact lens case.
Contact lens case Send in sterile container.
Contact solution Send in original container, or send 5-10 mL in a sterile container

Processing and Shipping

Specimen Processing:Send to lab immediately. If not possible, store at room temperature.
Shipping Instructions:Ship at room temperature. Must arrive within 24 hours.
Stability:24 hours at room temperature.
Test Performed at or Referral Lab Infectious Diseases Diagnostic Laboratory  (UMMC-East Bank)


Reference Range:No growth.
Use:Isolate and identify potentially pathogenic organisms. Normal ocular flora may include: Corynebacterium species (diphtheroids); coagulase negative Staphylococcus; Neisseria species; Moraxella species; nonhemolytic streptococci. Abnormal ocular flora includes: Haemophilus influenzae; Streptococcus pneumoniae; Staphyloccus aureus; Bacillus species; Pseudomonas aeruginosa; Neisseria gonorrhoeae; some saprophytic fungi.

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