2. Macular Degeneration
4. Detached Retina
5. Diabetic Retinopathy
Vital Vision Veggies!!
Were you ever told as a child that carrots were good for your eyes? Turns out it’s not just an old wives tale!
Omega 3, carotenoids and vitamins A, C and E are essential for maintaining eye health.
Omega 3 is not produced by the body, so must be consumed. Carotenoids are antioxidants that protect the retina by absorbing harmful blue light. They can be found in brightly coloured vegetables.
Some of the best foods for your eyes are oily fish, curly kale, spinach, carrots, tomatoes, broccoli, nuts and seeds, red pepper, red meats, kiwi fruit.
So no excuses… eat up!!!
We recently had great event in our Blanchardstown practice. Victoria Graham,
a trained colour-me-beautiful style consultant came to the practice, along with a
representative from Silhouette eyewear. They brought along the complete range of
Silhouette rimless frames in all sizes, shapes and colours available, giving maximum
choice to the patients booked in that day.
Victoria took plenty of time with each individual patient, taking personality,
complexion, eye colour and face shape into consideration. She helped them to
choose the most flattering frame, one which complimented their colouring perfectly
and mirrored their personality.
‘Did you know that first impressions only take 15 seconds to make?
Interestingly, how we look has much greater impact than what we say; thus
choosing what we wear, including our glasses is very significant. How we
choose to dress sends out a distinct message to the world.
During a colour class we explore what colours are doing for you. We discover
the colours that give you a radiant glow rather than those that wash you out.
You have a unique skin tone and eye colour, which means some colours
make you look great, and some have completely the opposite effect.’
Everyone was delighted with the personal service, and the wonderful help Victoria
gave them to choose the most complimentary frames.
We will be having another Silhouette day in the future. Please phone us in
Rathmines (4971056) or Blanchardstown (8202900) to register your interest or book online.
UV exposure is dangerous not only for our skin, it can also damage the inside of our eyes. This can contribute to several eye diseases such as cataracts and macular degeneration. Even in cloudy weather, there is still a certain amount of UV radiation.
Clear glasses will help to stop some of this radiation from reaching the eye (the light is filtered as it passes through the thickness of the lens). However, there will also be unfiltered light reflected from the back surface of the glasses into your eye.
In a previous blog, I mentioned the benefits of a Premium Crizal Scotchgard coating (resistant to dust, water, scratches, smudges and glare). This coating has now been improved even further, and now incorporates UV blocking technology to the front and back surface of the lens, giving maximum protection for the wearer, as good as the best sunglasses available.
Now you can be confident that your eyes will be protected from UV light, even on a dull day when sunglasses might not be an option. Research suggest that we get 40% of UV exposure when we are not in full sunlight!. So it’s like wearing sunblock on your skin… you won’t notice the difference now, but you’ll be glad you did it when you’re older!
For myopic ( or shortsighted) people the choice is made early in life. If you are 16 and can’t see past the end of your arm, you know you need to wear corrective lenses most or all of the time and for these teenagers, contact lenses are an obvious choice. You can play sports with them, you have good all-round vision and importantly, even for those who love their fashion spectacle frames, contact lenses are a good choice on nights out. The vast majority of our first-time contact lens wearers are in their teens or early twenties and the majority of these are short-sighted.
For the hypermetropic person, often this is not even a consideration until the late thirties or early forties. The flexible crystalline lens inside the eye means that the long-sighted person can “get by” sometimes putting glasses on just to read or sometimes being totally unaware that they are longsighted. But like many things, with increasing age, that flexible lens slowly becomes less flexible and the hypermetropic person finds that first, reading and looking at computers are a problem, then gradually things in the distance become less clear. From the mid-forties onwards, this means many of our patients need either separate pairs of glasses for different tasks or the more convenient varifocals which allow clear vision at all distances.
I am often surprised when these patients, having become totally dependant on spectacles, after a lifetime of “perfect vision” say “I’d love to get contact lenses but I suppose I’m too old now.“ There seems to be a misconception about that the eyes become less tolerant as one gets older or that there is an upper age limit to contact lens wear.
Well, there isn’t! It is true that the eyes can become dryer with age but the advent of silicone-hydrogel lenses means that only those with quite a severe dry eye problem will be unable to tolerate contact lenses. And more importantly, in the past few years, contact lens manufacturers have realised that there is a growing demand for correction for presbyopia and there is much more choice now even for varifocal wearers. We now have a good choice of multifocal contact lenses, which allow the wearer to see clearly in the distance and also read the menu in a restaurant. They also afford the wearer much more choice when it comes to sunglasses, with your contact lenses in, you can choose any sunglasses you want, without being restricted to those which can be made up in prescription. You may not want to wear the lenses every day but it is nice to go out to a restaurant and be specs-free or to go to a wedding without having to consider how your new hat will go with your glasses.
So, ask us about contact lenses! You may actually hear the answer you would like!
Some cheaper anti-glare coatings can make glasses very difficult to keep clean. These budget coatings get smudged very easily, should anything touch them. Most glasses wearers know how irritating it can be, constantly cleaning grubby lenses.
We recommend a Crizal Forte anti-glare lens coat. This scotchgard coating has a number of great benefits:
It’s a little more expensive than standard anti glare coatings, but well worth it when you consider the extra benefits.
When looking at a flat surface like a road, the surface of still water, or the bonnet of a car, there is a lot of light reflected from the surface. This can be very dazzling and cause a lot of glare. Most of the light from a surface like this is reflected in the horizontal direction instead of being scattered in several directions.
Polarised lenses cut out all the glare in the horizontal direction, allowing you to see past those reflections. This enhances the colours visible beneath the reflection, the contrast of the object , and increases the overall visual comfort for the wearer. They are excellent for general use, and also for activities such as water sports and driving
Because the technology in this type of lens cuts out so much glare, the lens itself doesn’t need to be as strongly tinted as regular sunglasses. This means that they can be used more often, as they’re not excessively dark to look through. Also, when you’re driving you won’t have to take them on and off as much as normal sunglasses if the weather gets duller (as it tends to do a lot in Ireland!).
However, they should be used with caution while skiing, as they may cut out so much glare that the wearer might find it difficult to differentiate between snow and ice.
Does your child need stronger glasses nearly every time they visit the optician? Do you wish you could help to stop the vision deteriorating?
Growing up can be a difficult experience at times, and it can be nice to have the option of contact lenses for certain occasions.
His parents were delighted when it was found that he was a suitable candidate for contact lens wear, and he now enjoys wearing them for sports. We received a thank you card from his parents thanking us for ‘giving him a positive introduction to lenses’.
If your child wears glasses but you would like them to have the option of contact lenses on occasion, why not make an appointment to see if they might be suitable for contact lenses.
So you have prescription sunglasses for all your outdoor activities, but reading outdoors is something you only do when on holidays.
Tip: Upgrade your free second pair of prescription spectacles to a pair of sunglasses with a multifocal lenses and read in comfort by the pool.
The balance between protecting your eyes and giving 110% on the sports field is made easier if you invest wisely.
If you are swimming you will need protection from microbes that live in the water. A good set of prescription goggles makes an amazing difference to your under-water experience.
Sports related eye injuries can range from a scratch on the cornea, bruising of the eyelid, to internal eye injuries and in severe cases, eye loss. Many of these injuries can lead to vision loss and permanent blindness, therefore the use of protective eye-wear is very important.
High speed ball games from football, to squash or cricket, water team-sports, projectile sports, such as hunting and shooting are all high risk eye-injury activities.
We have the full range of sports related protective eye-wear to fit your needs.
Call us and let us help you to choose the best solution.
Exercise your Eyes!
When you think of exercise, you think of heavy workouts.
We do not realise the importance of exercising our eyes as well as the rest of your body.
Muscles including the eye muscles need exercise to remain strong and healthy.
It only takes a few minutes a day.
Repeat five times.
Deficiency in essential fatty acids such as Omega 3 & 6 can lead to visual problems including poor night vision and other problems with visual, spatial and attention processing.
The retina is the part of the eye that receives light signals which are transmitted to the brain by the nerves. 30 – 50% of the retina should be made up from omega 3 fatty acid DHA. Without this main component, the signalling capacity of the retina can be reduced by more than 1000 times! Omega 3 can be found in oily fish, seafood, wild game, and some organic meats. Omega 6 can be found in vegetable oils, nuts, seeds, grains and dairy produce.
It is important to have these two Omegas in your diet to help with proper visual development and retinal functions.
If you are planning a journey by air this summer, here are some handy tips for lens wearers:
Well you don’t!. You might think it is obvious, but deteriorating eyesight tends to creep up on you. Sight loss tends to be gradual and it only becomes apparent when you compare with someone else’s superior ability to see a small object at a distance or you find you are holding small print further away or you seek better light to read small print. These are all signs of deteriorating eyesight.
The only real way of determining if you need glasses is to call in for a sight examination. There are many other diseases which can be detected in a sight examination and often early detection can prevent further deterioration of certain diseases.
An eye examination re recommended at least ever two years. Your enhanced eye examination at our practices is the “Rolls Royce” of eye examinations. All eye examinations are not the same. Our enhanced eye examination takes approximately 30 minutes, where as a standard eye examination can generally be performed in about 15 minutes. Your sight is precious and is not one to scrimp on.
What might natural sunglasses look like ?
Leutin is a naturally occurring organic pigment which helps absorb damaging blue and UV light. It occurs primarily in fruits and vegetables and helps protect the plant from damaging sunlight.
When we ingest Leutin it concentrates in the area in the centre of the retina called the macula. Lutein protects the macula by filtering out potentially damaging forms of light and therefore has been christened our “natural sun-glasses” due to its ability to protect the eyes against radiation damage by acting as an optic filter and an antioxidant.
Corn, egg yolks, spinach, kale, romaine lettuce, peas, leeks and greens all contain high concentrations of Lutein. However you may not be getting sufficient Leutin as there are many other factors which cause AMD (age related macular degeneration) and you could be at risk.
Why not reduce that risk by taking Leutin Supplements such as Macushield
Traditionally, contact lenses were made from a hydrogel material. This material contained a lot of water. Oxygen travelled through the water part of the lens to allow the eye to breathe. However the amount of oxygen getting through to the eye was limited, and the water in the lens tended to evaporate during the day. This meant that eyes often felt dry and irritated after a few hours.
Manufacturers found that when silicone was added to the lens, the amount of oxygen getting through to the eye increased dramatically. This is much healthier for the eye.
Another benefit of silicone is that doesn’t dehydrate during the day so the eyes will be whiter and more comfortable.
Macular Degeneration is an eye condition where your central vision gets gradually worse over time, and fine detailed work like reading becomes more difficult.
Last year we saw a patient in her 80’s who suffered from macular degeneration. She was having great difficulty reading, but assumed that nothing could be done to help her, as there’s no known cure for degeneration. However, when her daughter brought her in for an eye test we found that she also had cataracts. A cataract occurs when a clear jelly-like lens in one’s eye goes cloudy (usually with age), putting a shadow over the vision.
We referred the lady to an eye specialist in that field of expertise who removed the cataracts under operation. The cloudy lens was replaced with a clear artificial one. When a cataract is removed, the vision is no longer as dark and cloudy. Things start to look much brighter, and colours appear more vivid again.
We got a lovely letter from her daughter saying that she is now playing scrabble again! She wrote in the letter ‘Her quality of life has greatly improved. I hope that people in similar situations are aware that there is a chance that their vision can be improved’.
Even if someone feels their vision can’t get better, it’s worth having regular eye checks, just in case. You can also take eye vitamins such as Macushield to help your chances of avoiding macular degeneration later in life.
A 47 year old man recently attended our practice for an eye test. He complained of a cloud over his right eye when driving. He had pins and needles in his hands and feet, and a loss of power over the previous few days.
Alison Blay, one of our permanent opticians, tested his eyes and was concerned about his health. She referred him urgently to his GP, who in turn sent him straight to hospital. He was admitted to hospital immediately, and was there for 3 weeks. Thanks to Alison’s quick thinking, he was in the right place when he developed two blood clots and needed two heart surgeries.
We received a lovely email from him explaining what happened, ending with
‘If it had not been for the brilliant eye check up and lovely polite manner in which it was done I hate to think what would have happened. I wish to point out I am a 47 yr old male who would be fairly healthy so wouldn’t have felt a candidate for such a traumatic episode. Perhaps you could convey my heart felt thanks to Alison for probably saving my life.’
We’re delighted that he is doing well, and wish him luck in the future. Well done Alison!
A lazy eye means that one eye can’t see as well as the other, even when wearing glasses or contact lenses.
If the cause is not treated before the age of 7 or 8, it is likely that the vision in the bad eye will be permanently impaired. Judging distances may be more difficult, and if anything happens to the good eye, the person may not have legal vision for driving.
Some causes include:
This happens if the eyes are looking in different directions, i.e. there is a turn in the eye. This is called strabismus. One eye may look as though it is turned. If both eyes are not looking at the same thing, the brain can’t fuse the two images, and will choose the image from one eye instead of using both eyes.
If one eye needs a stronger prescription than the other, the vision in this eye will be more blurred. The brain will choose the image from the clearer eye. Because the weaker eye is not being used, the visual system in the weaker eye may not develop properly.
Get your child’s eyes checked if you notice the following:
The child may need to get glasses or sometimes have the eye patched. They’ll thank you for it when they’re older!
How you perform at sports often depends on your tools and gear. Hand-eye co-ordination is a critical success factor in most sports. So over the next few weeks we will be sharing some of our secrets for enhanced visual recognition which hopefully will be relevant to your favourite sport. I hope you enjoy the tips and put them into practice!
Firstly a little background:
Excessive Ultraviolet Light can cause you a lot of harm. Short-wave UV is present in sunlight and particularly at high altitudes, especially where the sun is reflected from the sand, snow or sea.
Tinted lenses are designed to operate at contrast filters to give you the edge when playing competitive sports. They absorb specific wavelengths of light and increase contrast, therefore providing enhanced visual recognition. You can see it faster than you opponent.
• Large slightly wrap spectacle frame for maximum protection
• Mirror tint to reflect UV
• Essilor Touareg Brown 12% LTF suitable for snow skiing, rock climbing,mountain biking and hiking
• Essilor Sherpa Brown 5% LTF suitable for glacier skiing and mountain climbing. Note as this level of tint is a class 4 and therefore it is not suitable for daytime driving.
Vision and learning – my story!
Aged 10, I had always been one of the “clever” students in school. Aged 11. my grades were slipping, I was falling behind other students in my class, was having difficulty staying focussed and was struggling to pass tests I would have aced before. The reason? Increasing shortsightedness and astigmatism meant I couldn’t see the board, was taking longer to read, needed to hold my books almost up to my face and could barely read the expression on my teacher’s face. I knew my vision was poor but didn’t want to wear glasses. However when my cover was finally blown by the public health nurse, and I was made to get the dreaded spectacles, it was a relief to finally have my world in focus. My grades improved dramatically again.
If a child is struggling in school, it is vital to rule out problems with vision. But not all problems will be picked up in a school screening. A child may have excellent distance vision but be unable to focus up close or may have difficulty with eye movements which slow down reading and impact on the ability of the child to keep up with his or her peers.
An inability to make both eyes point in the same direction can make the words appear to jump on the page. A full eye examination by an optometrist who specialises in children’s vision will uncover problems like these.
It is gratifying as an optometrist to be told that a child in your care has come on in “leaps and bounds” in school since getting their new spectacles. And I do envy today’s children the lovely frames available to them, with characters like Hannah Montana and Sponge Bob all bringing out their own trendy ranges. It is important that the frame should fit well; a badly fitting frame will be uncomfortable and will cause it’s own problems. We are lucky in Mairead O’Learys to have excellent dispensing opticians who will check the frame to make sure it is a good fit as well as being super-cool!
Sometimes glasses on their own are not enough and a child may benefit from Behavioural Optometry or Vision Therapy to enable them to learn to use their eyes efficiently. Having become interested in this area some years ago, I now run a small clinic, specifically for children with learning difficulties. Most do improve after a few sessions, including home exercises to do between sessions.
If your child is having difficulties in school, please contact us in Blanchardstown to arrange a full eye examination.
Orla MacNaeidhe Optometrist F.A.O.I.
It’s nice to go back to the same person for your eye test every time. Most people tend to stick to the same optician that they know and trust when having their eyes tested.
In the current economic climate, it’s tempting to shop around when buying their glasses in the hope that you will find the best deal.
The problem arises if you have difficulty getting used to your new glasses. If you get your glasses in a different place, it’s likely that they will blame any problems you have on the prescription you obtained elsewhere. This means that you may have to return to the original practice to try and find the source of the problem.
Even if only a minor adjustment in the prescription is needed, it is difficult for the first shop to change the glasses, as you’ve paid somebody else to make them.
If you get your test and glasses from us, we will take a lot of care to make sure that you won’t have any problems with your glasses. We’re more than happy to help you through the whole process, and make sure that you leave us totally satisfied with your experience.
We have been in business for 25 years and wish to thank thousands of loyal and regular patients over those years. Out motto is “Service for Life”.
In the last two decades the number of people who have had laser treatment to correct their eyesight has risen sharply. Laser surgery involves reshaping the front surface of the eye, the cornea, with a specially equipped laser in order to improve vision. Treatment is available for long-sighted, short-sighted and astigmatic patients. However, there are limits to the degree of each condition that can be treated with the laser. If your prescription falls outside the “treatable” range for laser surgery alternative surgeries may be suitable.
What’s the difference between LASIK and LASEK?
In LASIK: a thin layer of the cornea is lifted back after being cut with a machine called a microkeratome. Then, the laser is used to reshape the internal cornea. After the tissue has been reshaped, the flap is replaced in its original position and heals quickly.
In LASEK: a thin superficial layer of corneal cells is removed and the tissue beneath is treated with the laser. Unlike in LASIK, there is no “flap” created. After laser treatment, the cell layer is replaced and the eye covered with a bandage contact lens to allow it to heal. This method allows higher levels of myopia to be treated than LASIK. However, this treatment takes longer to heal and often provides more discomfort than LASIK.
If I have Laser Can I Throw Away My Glasses Forever?
The most likely answer to this question is No. If you are under 45 and have laser surgery to correct your vision to “20/20” or as close to perfect as possible in both eyes, you will need reading glasses from your mid 40’s or 50’s onwards. If you are over 40 and have already developed a reading prescription or remove your glasses to read, then having bilateral laser treatment may mean you will need a spectacle correction for either distance or near.
I’ve heard people talk about monovision, what is this?
From mid 40’s onwards people develop different distance and reading prescriptions – see Presbyopia. Correcting both eyes with laser treatment to make them “perfect” for distance means that reading glasses are necessary. Correcting both eyes so that they are “perfect” for reading means that distance glasses will probably be needed. In Monovision – one eye is corrected for distance vision and the other for near vision. In some cases this is achieved by performing laser on one eye only and leaving the other eye in it’s natural state.
When this works, it means that reliance on glasses for both distances is done away with. However, having two eyes focussing together and corrected for the same distance is what gives us binocular vision and gives critical depth perception.
Monovision does not work for everyone, some people will be aware of visual confusion as the eyes are focused at different distances and / or that judgement of depth is impaired. This is an important consideration for those people for whom critical depth perception is required in their occupation or hobbies. Often a trial with contact lenses to simulate monovision will be offered and patients can assess for themselves how comfortable they are.
Monovison may work better for early presbyopes with lower reading prescriptions, hence the success and comfort obtained in the first number of years after treatment may not be maintained over time.
Laser Surgery has brought freedom to many spectacle wearers, however, it is a surgical treatment and as such, carries risks. Many laser clinics have opened in Ireland over the past decade and anyone opting for the treatment should be confident and comfortable with the clinic they choose. As some clinics do not perform surgery on a daily basis, the surgeon may only attend once or twice a week and in some cases may fly in and out to carry out the scheduled surgeries. Before you decide where to have laser treatment or indeed if the treatment is suitable for you ask the following questions.
|-||Will I meet the surgeon before I am booked in for treatment?|
|-||Is the surgeon available 24/7 should there be any complications?|
|-||Am I likely to need glasses again and if so in how many years?|
|-||How long has this clinic been carrying out procedures and how many patients have been treated? What percentage of them needed additional treatment?|
|-||If I need a “top-up” treatment, do I have to pay for it?|
|-||If I am comfortable with monovision now, is it a guarantee that I won’t need spectacles again?|
|-||I have dry eye, is this likely to cause me additional problems after surgery?|
Its not often one would blog yet again about the eyebag, but the reports coming back from patients are just brilliant.
I suffered myself for a short while from a gland problem and my eyes were irritated and red. Washing with Johnstons baby soap was the answer and hot cloths were messy and cooled down quick.
So the answer is the eyebag that you pop in the microwave and give your eyes a real treat.
When placed on the upper face, the eyebag gently releases warmth which stimulates the normal glands around the eyes, releasing the body’s own natural oils, giving you instant comfort.
Our eyebag could be just what you are looking for. The EyeBag was created in 2004 by Mr Teifi James, a consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, working in West Yorkshire a patented, CE marked Class 1 medical device registered with the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).
The heated EyeBag is applied to the upper face so that the bridge of the nose and both the upper and lower eyelids are covered, will release warmth; stimulating the normal sebaceous oily secretions from the meibomian glands and offering instant comfort.
Watch this video referencing the success of the Eye Bag from a consultant Ophthalmologist.
In stock today in both Rathmines and Blanchardstown.
As it progresses, macular degeneration means a loss of central vision, affecting your ability to read, drive and recognize faces. It is a leading cause of blindness in people over 65. There is no known cure.
Research shows that smokers are up to four times more likely to develop macular degeneration than non-smokers.
One study shows that, just one year after giving up smoking your risk of macular degeneration can be reduced by almost 7%.
Your eyesight is precious. It’s never too late to quit!
Have you been told in the past that contact lenses aren’t an option for you? You’ll be delighted to hear that in recent years, there have been several advances in ‘toric’ contact lenses for astigmatism. They are now even available in disposables (use once and throw away). This means that you can now enjoy clear vision with contact lenses despite having astigmatism.
This word describes the shape of your eye. It means that your eye is more oval than round, (shaped more like a rugby ball than a football)..
This can be corrected in glasses by putting extra power in the lens in one direction only compared to the rest of the lens. This will help compensate for the irregular shape of your eye.
Because it is a correction for the shape of your eye, and not just the distance you’re looking at, it improves vision at all distances, including reading, computers and further away.
Are you tired of wearing glasses full time because contacts weren’t suitable for you before? It’s definitely worth trying again. Everyone likes to vary their look from time to time. Call in, and we can let you try some of the best contact lenses available for astigmatism.
Mary Browne F.A.O.I. – Rathmines
Do you sometimes feel that your arms are not long enough or that the light is too poor for reading or that print is getting smaller ? Are you now over 40 ? Your eyes are the window to your body and unfortunately like the rings which age a tree, the progressive deterioration in the ability of our lens to focus is directly related to our age.
It is a natural consequence of the aging process and impacts you even if you never had a eye sight problem before. We often hear of people who claim that they never required reading glasses, even though they were well past 50. They often had an undiagnosed prescription for short sightedness (They could not see perfectly in the distance).
While symptoms such as fatigue while using computers or doing close work, headaches, eyestrain, inability to read small print, can present suddenly, it generally has developed over a period of time.
The lens prescription you will require will be determined by a combination of computerised readings and Optometric skill and experience. However you should look on this as the beginning of taking better care of yourself. Your body needs more care at is ages to ensure you can enjoy life to the fullest. Your sight exam will include a wide range of checks for diseases which become more prevalent with age. After all looking through they eye is the only way to look inside the body without invasive techniques such as surgery. Care for your eyes and your health, your real wealth.
It was recently brought to our attention by an eye specialist that the amount of Ultra Violet radiation emitted by many of the new green energy bulbs is equivalent to being out on a sunny day. Would you expose your eyes to that level of radiation with out UV protection on your sunglasses ?
UV light is widely regarded as one of the causes of cataracts. The invisible UV component of sunlight promotes free radical damage in the lens. The greater the light intensity the greater the UV radiation dosage and resulting damage.
The impact of radiation is cumulative over ones life and thus we see the formation of skin cancers many years after sun exposure.
Some vitamin supplements can help with the prevention of cataracts and macula degeneration, but in most cases cataracts gradually get worse and an operation is required to remove the damaged lens and the insertion of a synthetic lens. These synthetic lenses have improved enormously over the years and one has no longer to wear the bottle bottom lens types in order to have good vision. However the operation is a somewhat uncomfortable experienced for a few weeks during the post operative healing process for many patients.
The Health Protection Agency in the UK have been one of the first to identify the problem with the new bulbs. The industry Lighting group has commissioned further independent research into the claims and have welcomed the precautionary advice issued.
More recently the Australian Government Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency conducted test on a number of well known branded lights and found that of the brands they tested that the bulbs did not created hazardous conditions for most skin types. However they did not address the impact of build up of radiation and the impact on eyesight with regard to development of cataracts.
The most comprehensive literature I can find on this matter suggests that more research is needed to determine if these bulbs can have negative health impacts. Green Facts.org give a reasonably balanced picture on the current status.
In conclusion – if there is danger – why not take the precaution of ensuring that if you work with a compact fluorescent lamp at your desk, make sure its got a cover and that your eyes are protected from any potential UV harm and preferably that you use an encapsulated double envelope such as that on the right of the picture below.