Maybe not really a newbie as Specsavers optician saw what was the beginning of MD at back of my eye about 4 years ago. Told me no need to worry about it yet as very small. However the next time I was due for glasses, I went to Vision Express, to whom I mentioned the MD. Thier optician saw the dark spot also, but said they thought it wasnt MD. Presume at that stage it was still very small. So, 3 years on and glasses in good nick and no change in vision until a month or so ago when I felt I had a slight blur at side of one eye. I have fatty deposits at side of pupil in white of eye and thought it was that grown, so as I hadnt had eye test for 3 years, decided to get up to date test. New optician. This one tells me I have MD in both eyes, and shows me. I can see dark areas in both eyes, and they seem quite big to me but he says not too bad, and not yet causing problems. So I have a grid to test my eyes with once a month and told me to buy Macushield or Macuhealth ( cant remember the name exactly right now) and the best foods to eat to get the right nutrients for this condiditon ( luckily stuff i like to eat anyway, so just need to up the amounts and buy a smoothie maker.) (I cant help but feel Vision express have led me astray by saying I didnt have it, when I could have been trying to prevent it developing further for these last few years!!).. So, being a pro-active sort of person, I like to gather all the available info and do whatever I can to get best outcome. I am wondering if anyone with progressing MD can still do hobbies such as art- painting and drawing in particular, also dressmaking, both with a machine and by hand? Also sculpting realistic figures. It does seem that the things I enjoy most are the things I am having to give up due to health related issues, but I guess that is the way of things ie we just wear out the body parts we use the most ie in my case walking is extremely painful, and it was one of my favourite pastimes. Now will possibly be giving up art, creativity, and reading and sewing. Hoping people can suggest ways around this. I note thier are magnifying aids to help with reading, are there any big, say A4 sized clip on ones you can maybe attach to a counter top at an angle so you can still do hobbies, by looking through it?Can one still read or do whatever by turning thier head sideways to ther object they want to focus on? And to compound, this optician also found I had cataracts starting in both eyes; can someone tell me whether those can be removed safely if You have MD, or if the surgery would aggravate the MD? Hopefully I will have lots of years of still fairly normal eyesight, but I feel forewarned is forearmed so best to know. There has to be some creative solutions that people have come up with? I have to find them, as being an outdoorsy and creative arty type, I am going to find sitting at home without do-able hobbies to take my interest, very frustrating indeed!