Eye infection - diagnostic virology

Consider in conjunctivitis.

Samples Test Pathogens covered Comment

Eye swabs in virus transport medium (NOT IN CHARCOAL)

RealTime eye multiplex RT-PCR

Herpes simplex-1 (HSV-1)

Herpes simplex-2 (HSV-2)

Varicella zoster virus (VZV)


Chlamydia trachomatis

For samples such as vitreous fluids or for specific extra pathogen testing such as toxoplasma or other viruses (CMV/EBV), please make it clear on the request form or contact consultant virologist / senior virology BMS.

Turnaround time

see virology and microbiological serology turnaround times


Microbiology (Virology and Serology)