Days Set Up
Analytic Time

Preliminary results are reported in 18-24 hours. The health care provider will be notified when culture becomes positive with possible Pseudomonas, Neisseria gonorrhoeae, Bacillus cereus, Group A beta streptococcus, Staphylococcus aureus, yeast, or molds. Negative cultures are reported after 3 days.

Soft Order Code

Test Updated:


Conjunctiva Culture, Aerobic
Cornea, Routine Culture
Culture, Conjunctiva, Aerobic
Eye, Routine Culture
Routine Culture, Conjunctiva

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Test Overview

Test Methodology


Test Usage

Isolate and identify potentially pathogenic organisms

Reference Range

Normal eye flora

* Reference ranges may change over time. Please refer to the original patient report when evaluating results.

Specimen Requirements

Collection Offsite

Cleanse skin around eye with mild antiseptic and collect eye swab, corneal scrapings, conjunctiva, or donor cornea. Swab: pass swab moistened with preservative-free saline 2 times over lower conjunctiva, avoiding eyelid border and lashes. Scrapings: use local anesthetic and platinum spatula. Scraping should be done by ophthalmologist. (OD = right eye, OS = left eye). If orbital cellulitis is suspected, write "cellulitis" on the requisition.

Normal Volume
1 swab; 2 swabs if direct smear is desired
Minimum Volume
1 swab

Billing Information

CPT Code
87070 Culture, 87205 Smear
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Quality that sets us apart

As the reference laboratory division of Michigan Medicine's Department of Pathology, MLabs shares the institution's commitment to applying established quality principles to clinical laboratory testing. Like other large organizations in complex, consequential fields, we rely on an established approach to monitor quality throughout the testing process.