1How can I make a test in case of a small amount of conjunctival discharge?
If a small amount of discharge from the conjunctival sac is collected, assess the discoloration of the diagnostic window on the INFLAEYEZ ® test strip at the point where the tip of the swab touched. If there are neutrophilic leukocytes in the secretion collected, this area will turn purple. If in doubt whether the amount of secretion is sufficient, the diagnostic window may be moistened with a drop of water for injection, and then the swab may be applied. In such cases, if the result is +/- it should be interpreted as positive +.
2Should only the swabs provided in the kit be used to collect the secretion from the conjunctival sac?
The swabs included in the kit are recommended swabs because they are sterile and individually packed. Other swabs can be used to collect the secretion, as long as they are properly certified and ensure safe use.
3The INFLAEYEZ® test is positive and no bacteria were found in the microbiological examination of the discharge from the conjunctival sac.
The INFLAEYEZ® test result is independent of the presence of bacteria in the conjunctival sac. A positive result of the INFLAEYEZ® test indicates the presence of activated neutrophils in the discharge from the conjunctival sac, mainly in the course of inflammation caused by pathogenic bacteria. A negative microbiological test result may be due to many reasons, e.g. too little material is taken, inflammation is caused by atypical bacteria that require the use of a special transport medium and appropriate culture media, etc.
4What is the benefit of using the INFLAEYEZ® test over a broad-spectrum topical antibiotic?
Antibiotic resistance is becoming one of the main problems of civilization. A publication published in January 2022 in the journal The Lancet indicated that in 2019 alone, nearly 5 million people worldwide died due to diseases caused by antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Due to the massive use of antibiotics in the treatment of pneumonia caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus in 2020-2022, a further increase in the problem of antibiotic resistance should be expected. The INFLAEYEZ® test allows you to determine whether the ocular surface inflammation is caused by bacteria (positive test result) or by other factors and to apply appropriate, targeted treatment.