Highmark, the insurance company that bought Viva International a few years ago, is said to be on the verge of acquiring Eye Care Centers of America, the U.S. optical retail chain bought by Moulin Global Eyecare and Golden Gate Capital in 2005 for $450 million.The information could not be confirmed at press time, but it seems that Highmark, which owns also the Empire Vision Centers chain, has agreed to pay $602 million for ECCA, including assumption of $297 million in debt. ECCA reported a net loss of $2,800,000 for 2005, marking a significant change from a net profit of $16,850,000 in 2004. The chain's net revenues were up by 1.7 percent to $406.3 million and its comparable store sales rose by 3 percent. ECCA ended 2005 with three more doors than it had in the previous year at 380 locations. Its plan was to open 15 additional outlets in 2006 and another 25 in 2007.