Antibiotic eye drops or ointments are used to treat pink eye caused by a bacterial infection, according to WebMD. Oral antibiotics help cure pink eye caused by gonorrhea or chlamydia.
Before beginning pink eye treatment, it is important that an infected individual visits a doctor to determine the official cause of the condition. Pink eye is caused by bacteria, allergies, viruses and herpes, according to WebMD. Only pink eye caused by a bacterial infection can be treated with antibiotics.
Antibiotic eye drops and ointment typically clear the symptoms of pink eye within a few days, according to WebMD. Oral antibiotics are used for more stubborn cases of pink eye. If oral antibiotics do not treat the condition within a month, another condition may be at the root of the problem.