Culture for the protozoan Acanthamoeba from contact lenses,
contact lens fluid and corneal scrapings.
Corneal ulceration, keratitis.
Request via ICE.
On request during normal working hours.
Requested by the opthalmology department only.
Directly inoculated onto the marked area on a nutrient agar
plate (available from Microbiology as part of an eye unit set), or
contact lens, contact lens case or contact lens solution placed in
a sterile container.
Causes For Rejection
As an unrepeatable sample these are usually not rejected but in
the case of inadequate sample identification the requestor may be
required to complete and sign a disclaimer before the sample is
Process as soon as possible.