The recommended type of eye drops for pink eye treatment is dependent on the cause of the pink eye, according to WebMD. Generally, application of preservative-free artificial tears a few times a day can help relieve discomfort associated with pink eye.
Pink eye symptoms caused by allergies can be treated with nonprescription allergy eye drops, explains WebMD. Antibiotic eye drops are used to treat pink eye infections caused by bacteria. Oral antibiotics may be prescribed for more persistent cases. Doctors may prescribe antiviral eye drops for pink eye caused by the herpes virus. WebMD advises against using steroid eye drops without a prescription.