From our old friend David Pogue, here is a trick to read small type without glasses. It works surprisingly well.
"Curl up your index finger, making a tiny hole. Hold it up to your dominant eye and peek through it."
I find it can actually do some good also when you are wearing glasses, but need to see a bit sharper outside the range the glasses are meant for. (Though one needs to try to not touch the glasses and grease 'em up.)