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Specimen Collection Manual: Eye (Conjunctiva)



  • ESwab Collection System.
  • UTM or UVT transport medium. 

Specimen Collection Criteria

  • Moisten a flocked swab with sterile non-bacteriologic saline.
  • Gently pull the lower eyelid downward and carefully swab the lower conjunctiva to collect both cells and fluids. The upper eyelid may be swabbed in the same manner.
corneal culture
  • If both eyes are to be cultured, a separate sterile swab should be used for the other eye.

Rejection Criteria

  • Do not use expired media. Check expiration date on all media prior to use.  


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