Eye Care Centers of America is going public. The large American optical retail chain, which had been previously been earmarked as a possible candidate for a takeover by Luxottica or another big player, has reported that its net revenues climbed in its 2003 fiscal year to $369.9 million, up slightly from $363.7 million in the previous year on a comparable basis. Net income rose to $25.8 million, up from $14.2 million, even though comparable-store sales fell by 0.3 percent. Managed care represented 31.6 percent of optical sales. The group, which has 373 outlets, attributed the increase to the addition of 10 new locations, nine of them representing ECCA's move into the Atlanta market. However, two stores closed during the year. For its 2004 fiscal year, the chain forecasts sales of $398.1 million and is planning to open 8 new locations, five of them in Atlanta.