Eye infection molecular detection


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Samples required

Eye swab in virus transport medium (NOT IN CHARCOAL).

Aqueous/ vitreous fluid.

For Acanthamoeba PCR - eye swab (dry)

Test indications


Test information

  • PCR for HSV1, HSV2, chlamydia trachomatis, varicella-zoster virus, adenovirus.

For cases of suspected neonatal ophthalmia please also request GC detection.

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 / virology clinical scientist.

  • Acanthamoeba PCR. A dry swab is need for Acanthamoeba PCR.
    Referred to Micropathology Ltd., University of Warwick Science Park Venture Centre, Coventry CV4 7EZ. Referral lab quotes turnaround time of 2 days.

Reference range


Turnaround time

See virology and microbiological serology turnaround times.


Microbiology (Virology and Serology), ext. 64627