Yes, there are quite a lot of side effects of fluoresscent lights. First, the use of it can cause Mental or Seizure Disorders, which will lead to anxiety disorders. Second, it will cause Vestibular Disorders, which will affect the human center of balance , creating symptoms of vertigo, imbalance and dizziness among others.
Third, it will cause Headaches and Migraines. So, be careful when you use it.
Yes, what your mom told is right. It will be bad for your eyes if you are always in the fluorescent lights. Your eye nerves will be stimulated. And your visual nerves will be affected too. It is easy for you to get the short sighted symptom. You'd better not do this often. Or else, your eyes will be damaged.
Well, yes, fluorescent light can be very harmful for your eyes. As we know that fluorescent light contains more green, blue light, violet light than natural daylight does. So you should know that these light wavelengths are not optimal for reading or visualizing detailed tasks. If you just have reading with them, it can cause eye strain. When you have eye strain in a long time, it can be very dangerous to your eyes, leading to some eye problems, such as red eyes, dry eyes. In some cases, it can just affect your vision. On the other hand, you also need know that risk of malignant melanoma may be increased in those regularly exposed to certain frequencies of fluorescent light.