I'm so sorry to hear that you have been dealing with Graves for so long. In response to your post, I did not have RAI treatment even though both my endocrinologist and surgeon recommended it as a first line treatment option. Due to the fact that I have a high family history of cancers, I chose to go with the surgical option of a total thyroidectomy instead. I know people that opted for the RAI without any problems or issues so I want you to know that this was MY option and what I felt comfortable doing for my own personal situation. The surgery was really easy, absolutely no pain, never even took a Tylenol! I am 4 1/2 weeks post op and I feel great. They are still adjusting my Levo since it's still a bit high and putting me into a bit of the hyperthyroid symptoms…hot, insomnia etc. but it's really not a big deal at all. I also lost a lot of weight..40 pounds and a lot of muscle mass and stamina. In all honesty, the muscle mass loss is the biggest issues since I am (usually) very active and athletic. Again, at 4 1/2 weeks post op, I have gained 3 1/2 pounds so thats good but will admit, I still don't have much of an appetite. I have also decided to stick with the gluten and dairy free way of eating since that actually makes me feel better, is suggested for autoimmune diseases and actually makes me feel better anyway. I have had my eyes checked throughly and have not had any issues with my eyes so I can't help you with that other than saying good job on keeping on top of checking up on it. I understand what your dealing with but want you to know that after my surgery, literally in the recovery room, I was a totally different person, I felt happy, calm, my tremors were gone and I was at total peace with my decision. I am now off all my beta blockers for the racing heart and even with the minor medicine adjustments, I feel like myself for the first time in over 2 years. Take heart, there is a light at the end of the tunnel…do all your research and be a peace with your decision before you do it!